Two Clown Frog Species Identified from the Amazon

Main report: So Cute! 2 New 'Clown' Frog Species Discovered in the Amazon
(Live Science)
Other Reporting: Alpha Galileo, Martin Jansen YouTube Video, Science Daily
Scientific Paper: PloS ONE   
New Taxa: Dendropsophus arndti, Dendropsophus vraemi
Species named for: Professor Emeritus Dr. Rudolf G. Arndt, VRAEM, abbreviated acronym of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valleys, where the three rivers converge
Categories: Amphibians | New Species

Marcel Caminer, the study’s lead author from the Universidad Católica del Ecuador states “During expeditions to six Amazonian countries, we examined the two clown tree frog species Dendropsophus leucophyllatus and Dendropsophus triangulum, which were hitherto considered ‘universal’ species, in greater detail and were able to show that they do not constitute two, but at least five and perhaps as many as seven different species – two of which we were able to describe for the first time.

The new clown tree frog species Dendropsophus arndti, the new “flag ship” of the Senckenberg station “Chiquitos.” © Senckenberg/Martin Jansen

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