New species of bat frog named after Ozzy Osbourne

The frog was named 'Dendropsophus ozzyi' for its unusual bat-like call

Scientists have named a new species of frog which sounds like a bat after Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne.

The new breed of frog was discovered in the Amazon in 2009, bearing an unusual bat-like call.

“As soon as I heard its call, I knew it was a new species. I had never heard anything like it,” scientist Pedro Peloso told National Geographic. “We kept talking about the ‘bat frog,’ which led to us talking about being fans of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath.”


The frog was named ‘Dendropsophus ozzyi’, referring to the infamous incident that saw Ozzy bite the head off a bat in 1982.

The group of scientists found 21 frogs of its kind when surveying the Floresta Nacional de Pau-Rosa in Brazil.

Meanwhile, Ozzy Osbourne was honoured with the Global Icon award at the MTV EMA Awards over the weekend.

Ozzy was presented with his award by Slash, who said: “For four decades, the Prince of Darkness has rocked anyone who’s dared to listen. He scares the hell out of most people – and all bats. But to me he’s a gentleman, a killer performer, a collaborator and a rock ’n’ roll legend.”

Black Sabbath recently confirmed that they’ll record their final album in 2015.

“The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great,” Osbourne said. “We all made friends, we didn’t fuck around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we’re going to do one more album, and a final tour. Once the dust settled after the last tour we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time.”