A beautiful new yellow salamander

Main report: New Species of Salamander (Bolitoglossa) from Costa Rica.
(Cramphibian.com)
Other Reporting: Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center, BBC News
Scientific Paper: NU Zootaxa LL    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Bolitoglossa aurae
Common Name: Aura's Golden Salamander
Species named for: Conservationist and co-discoverer Aura Reyes
Categories: Amphibians | New Species
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A new yellow salamander is described from a single specimen found in the roots of an orchid 3m above ground in Costa Rican cloud forest.  It was found in premontane rainforest in the vicinity of Moravia de Chirripó, on the northeastern slopes of the Cordillera de Talamanca in Costa Rica.  This new species increases the known diversity of salamanders in Costa Rica to 50. Costa Rica has the fifth highest total diversity of salamanders on the planet, behind the USA (#1), Mexico (#2), China (#3), and Guatemala (#4).

 

Bolitoglossa aurae.  amphibians.org

Bolitoglossa aurae. amphibians.org

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