Amphibians

‘Extinct’ cave frog rediscovered in Zimbabwe

‘Extinct’ cave frog rediscovered in Zimbabwe

Amphibians, Lazarus Species December 13, 2017 at 10:51 pm

(Reports first published Jan 2017)  A very viable population of frogs not seen for 54 years has been found again, atop Zimbabwe’s Chimanimani Mountains, by researchers from Zimbabwe’s Natural History Museum..  The species inhabits caves and grasslands in the area. They are believed to undergo direct development, skipping the tadpole stage and hatching from their eggs as fully formed, miniature adults.

26 new species of miniature frogs from Madagascar.  Two are delightfully obscene.

26 new species of miniature frogs from Madagascar. Two are delightfully obscene.

Amphibians, Celebrity Taxa, New Species November 27, 2017 at 9:45 am

26 new species of Stumpffia, a genus of small narrow-mouthed frogs endemic to Madagascar, have been described in a single research paper.  The monograph contains a complete revision of the existing 14 species of Stumpffia.   Some of the Stumpffia are are among the smallest frogs in the world; Stumpffia contumelia, measures only 8-9 mm. Due to their extreme miniaturization many species show an extraordinary reduction of their fingers and toes. In some cases only a long middle finger is retained, reminding an insulting gesture — resulting in the delightfully named Stumpffia obscoena.  One of the frogs is named in honor of  Sir David Attenborough.  ThisRead More

Survey reveals more than 30 new species from biodiverse Kaieteur Plateau, Guyana

Survey reveals more than 30 new species from biodiverse Kaieteur Plateau, Guyana

Amphibians, Arachnids, Fish, Insects, New Species November 22, 2017 at 10:20 am

The newly discovered species include more than 30 species new to science, and likely endemic to Guyana, including six species of fish, three plants, a tarantula, a frog, a snake, some dragonflies, plants and beetles.  The month long survey was conducted in Kaieteur National Park (KNP) and the Kaieteur Plateau in Guyana.

Small frog lives among Bromeliads in a remote sandstone plateau in Ecuador

Small frog lives among Bromeliads in a remote sandstone plateau in Ecuador

Amphibians, New Species November 15, 2017 at 10:28 am

This little frog was collected during a 2015 expedition to the Cerro Plateado Biological Reserve, in the high plateau of Cordillera del Condor, in southeastern Ecuador.  There is a great diversity of amphibians in the area.  Although remore, the species faces threats from mining and habitat destruction. Pristimantis muranunka. Photo: Jorge Brito  

A rain frog from Thailand

A rain frog from Thailand

Amphibians, New Species November 9, 2017 at 9:39 am

The new species discovered lives in small ponds and can be heard from July to September in Thong Pha Phum, Kanchanaburi Province (for which it is named).  The new finding demonstrates that biodiversity of Thailand is still under exploration and enviornmental measures should be reinforced.    

New Species of Frog from Peruvian High Andes

New Species of Frog from Peruvian High Andes

Amphibians, New Species November 8, 2017 at 9:56 am

Researchers have described a new species of frog from a recent field work trip to the Pui Pui Protected Forest of Peru, an area in the high Andes and a hotbed of new amphibian discoveries in recent years.  The researchers (Edgar Lehr, Rudolf von May, Jiri Moravec, and Juan Carlos Cusi) who described the species named it the Inti Andes Frog (Phrynopus inti) after the Incan Sun God Inti because of the orange coloration.  Analaysis revealed a cryptic Phrynopus species which will be detailed in a forthcoming publication.

Jackson’s Climbing Salamander Rediscovered in Guatemala 42 Years After Last Sighting

Jackson’s Climbing Salamander Rediscovered in Guatemala 42 Years After Last Sighting

One of the “ten Most Wanted missing amphibian species in the world” has been rediscovered, in recently protected cloud forests of the Cuchumatanes mountains, Guatemala.  A guard at the Finca San Isidro Amphibian Reserve, Ramos León, discovered a juvenile Jackson’s climbing salamander—only the third individual ever seen—on the edge of the reserve while out on patrol this month. He sent a photo to Carlos Vasquez, curator of herpetology at USAC University in Guatemala, coordinator of the amphibian conservation program partnered with the Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), who confirmed that the species in the photo was, indeed, the Jackson’s climbing salamander. Jackson’sRead More

A new species of poison frog from the southern Amazonian rain forest

A new species of poison frog from the southern Amazonian rain forest

Amphibians, New Species November 3, 2017 at 10:08 am

A new species of poison frog in the Ameerega picta group is described from Amazonia, states of Pará and Mato Grosso, Brazil. It inhabits rock outcrops in open areas near streams of the central Teles Pires River system.

A new newt is described, The Anhui knobby newt

A new newt is described, The Anhui knobby newt

Amphibians, New Species October 26, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Distinct morphological and molecular genetic differences were to be found between newt populations of Tylototriton from Yaoluoping National Nature Reserve in Yuexi county, Anhui Province of China, rvealing a previously unrecognized species.

Confiscated shipment of rare frogs reveals an undescribed species of tree frog

Confiscated shipment of rare frogs reveals an undescribed species of tree frog

Amphibians, New Species October 25, 2017 at 2:34 pm

For now, her name is Goldicheeks.  Customs authorities in Hong Kong confiscated the tree frogs from a cargo shipment originating in Mexico to be crowned and fringe-limbed species.  Northwest Nazarene University  (NNU) applied to host the frogs, and have discovered one is most likely a species not yet known to science.  The new frog is in a good place now: NNU is one of the only institutions in the world to breed Fringe-limbed Treefrogs in captivity.

A new species of Caecilian from the Seychelles

A new species of Caecilian from the Seychelles

Amphibians, New Species October 25, 2017 at 11:23 am

The petite new caecilian has a small geographic range, making it threatened with extinction.  

A New Species of Leaf Frog from the Mato Grosso state, Brazil

A New Species of Leaf Frog from the Mato Grosso state, Brazil

Amphibians, New Species October 22, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Recognition of the new species is supported by adult morphology, advertisement call and molecular data.

A new tree frog from Brazil, with unusual bright orange eyes

A new tree frog from Brazil, with unusual bright orange eyes

Amphibians, New Species October 20, 2017 at 9:49 am

A new species of tree frog was discovered in the Amazon Rain forest of Brazil.   The new species of Snouted tree frog was named  the Jaguar Snouted tree frog (Scinax onca) because of it’s similar coloration to jaguars and that the researchers encountered many jaguars during the field work.

Brilliant new salamander from Colombian Andes cloud forest

Brilliant new salamander from Colombian Andes cloud forest

Amphibians, New Species September 28, 2017 at 10:33 am

The new species of salamander is described from Andean cloud forests on the western slope of Serranía de los Yariguíes in the Cordillera Oriental of Colombia, between 1385 and 1473 m elevation.  See also another recently described Bolitoglossa.   

Two new species of saw-browed diamond frogs from Madagascar

Two new species of saw-browed diamond frogs from Madagascar

Amphibians, New Species September 28, 2017 at 10:09 am

Known only from high elevations (1339–1407 m) in the forest of the Sorata Massif in northern Madagascar.   Three new species of saw-browed diamond frogs have been discovered in Madagascar in the past three years.   

A frog with a funny face

A frog with a funny face

Amphibians, New Species August 23, 2017 at 11:22 pm

Nasikabatrachus bhupathi is soiled-dwelling species of purple frog. It inhabits the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats.  The discovery is significant as it constitutes additional evidence in favour of the theory of continental drift.  The Purple frog is an inhabitant of Seychelles, and the discovery of Bhupathy’s purple frog in India suggests that the Indian subcontinent was part of the ancient landmass of Gondwana before splitting from Seychelles 65 million years ago.

Andean Toad thought to be extinct, rediscovered in the Andes of Ecuador

Andean Toad thought to be extinct, rediscovered in the Andes of Ecuador

Amphibians, Lazarus Species August 15, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Ecuadorian and British scientists have rediscovered one of the rarest amphibians of Ecuador, thought to have gone extinct more than three decades ago.  The Carchi Andean Toad (Rhaebo colomai) inhabits a small region in the border area between Ecuador and Colombia. The last time a specimen was observed in Ecuador was in 1984.  An expedition in July 2017 found a small population in the Dracula Reserve, in the northwestern Andes of Ecuador. The expedition was carried out by scientists from the Laboratory of Terrestrial Zoology of University San Francisco de Quito USFQ, the Natural History Museum of London, and the InstitutoRead More

Four new species of burrowing frog, from Western Ghats India

Four new species of burrowing frog, from Western Ghats India

Amphibians, New Species June 22, 2017 at 10:56 am

Of the 40-odd species of frogs that belong to genus Fejerverya, only one was previously known to have a burrowing lifestyle – the Rufescent Burrowing Frog.  After sampling populations of frogs in parts of the Western Ghats that looked similar to the Rufescent Burrowing Frog, scientists identified four different species entirely – based on differences in DNA, physical appearance and variations in their calls. These new species are the Neilcox Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya neilcoxi), the Manoharan Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya manoharani), the CEPF Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya cepfi) and the Kadar Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya kadar).  

New frog, and 1000th new species in EJT

New frog, and 1000th new species in EJT

Amphibians, New Species June 7, 2017 at 11:33 pm

In its 325th issue the European Journal of Taxonomy, published by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, has published its 1000th paper on a new species.  This latest publication describes Pristimantis boucephalus, or the Bigheaded Rubber Frog, a minute species with a large head from the Yanachaga-Chemillén National Park in Peru.

A new fork-tongued frog from Vietnam

A new fork-tongued frog from Vietnam

Amphibians, New Species June 3, 2017 at 10:16 am

A new species of Limnonectes is described from northeastern Vietnam based on morphological and molecular differences.