Amphibians

Seven new species of night frogs, some of the smallest known frogs in the world

Seven new species of night frogs, some of the smallest known frogs in the world

Amphibians, New Species February 24, 2017 at 9:25 am

Seven new frog species have been discovered in the Western Ghats of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.  The new frog species belong to the genus Nyctibatrachus, commonly known as Night Frogs.  Out of the seven newly discovered frog species, four are miniature-sized species which are among the smallest known frogs in the world, frogs which could comfortably sit on a coin or a thumbnail. See also New Species Discovery: A Doting Frog Father

A tree frog from Tanzania

A tree frog from Tanzania

Amphibians, New Species February 14, 2017 at 5:12 pm

A new, narrowly distributed, and critically endangered species of spiny-throated reed frog from a highly threatened coastal forest reserve in Tanzania is described.

Cryptic species of tree frog revealed in Cuba

Cryptic species of tree frog revealed in Cuba

Amphibians, New Species January 23, 2017 at 9:00 am

A study the variation in genetics, bioacuustics, and morphology in Eleutherodactylus glamyrus revealed a sister species specialized to high elevations in the Sierra del Cobre, Eastern Cuba.

A new Pristimantis species from Peru

A new Pristimantis species from Peru

Amphibians, New Species January 21, 2017 at 11:54 am

A new species of frog of the genus Pristimantis is described from a montane forest of the Pui Pui Protected Forest in central Peru.

New Poisonous Frog Species Discovered in Peru

New Poisonous Frog Species Discovered in Peru

Amphibians, New Species January 18, 2017 at 2:05 pm

A peculiar croak heard within the Amazon rain forest leads to the naming of a new species of frog.  

The first species of canebrake tree frog endemic to the Brazilian Cerrado

The first species of canebrake tree frog endemic to the Brazilian Cerrado

Amphibians, New Species January 5, 2017 at 8:03 pm

The new species is described based on morphology and advertisement call.  

A frog discovered with the help of citizen scientists

A frog discovered with the help of citizen scientists

Amphibians, Citizen Science, New Species December 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Working with amateur researchers scientists from Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment have discovered a new species of frog, in the southwest coastal region of India.  The frog was first identified through its call, sounding very much like a kingfisher.  The frog belongs to a group known as “skittering frogs,” because of their habit of floating on water and skittering away when disturbed.  

What was thought to be a singing snake is really a tree frog.

What was thought to be a singing snake is really a tree frog.

Amphibians, New Species, Species Discovery November 21, 2016 at 12:25 pm

Calls of the newly discovered tree frog species Tepuihyla shushupe have long been mistaken for the “songs” of a bushmaster viper.

Ten new species of microhylid frogs from Papua New Guinea

Ten new species of microhylid frogs from Papua New Guinea

Amphibians, New Species November 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm

   

Scientists Just Discovered Three Adorably Tiny New Salamanders

Scientists Just Discovered Three Adorably Tiny New Salamanders

Amphibians, New Species November 15, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Three new salamanders have been discovered in the genus Thorius.   Adults of which are smaller than a matchstick.  They are, in fact, the smallest four-legged tailed organism on Earth, and their miniaturized bodies are highly unusual for vertebrates, with structures for feeding being among the most prominent.  Tragically, all three species appear to be edging toward extinction.

A beautiful new yellow salamander

A beautiful new yellow salamander

Amphibians, New Species November 6, 2016 at 12:24 pm

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).  

Tiny frog discovered living close to one of Australia’s busiest airports.

Tiny frog discovered living close to one of Australia’s busiest airports.

Amphibians, New Species November 4, 2016 at 9:15 am

Discoveries of new vertebrate species are rare, but particularly so within developed areas like Newcastle, which is the second most populated area in NSW after Sydney. The new frog is tiny – it fits on a human fingertip – and it is effectively camouflaged, living well concealed under a layer of vegetation or sand, which likely contributed to it managing to evade discovery for so long.  Story includes video report.

A new egg-brooding frog

A new egg-brooding frog

Amphibians, New Species November 3, 2016 at 1:06 pm

A new species of egg-brooding frog is described, from the Atlantic Forest in the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil is described.  The new species was thought to represent F. goeldii, but is diagnosed by genetic analysis and morpholoically, having small snout–vent length for the genus, snout tip mucronate, limbs striped, distal subarticular tubercles simple and round on all fingers and toes, open dorsal pouch in females carrying eggs, and tadpoles deposited in bromeliad.  

A new species of frog from northern Thailand

A new species of frog from northern Thailand

Amphibians, New Species November 3, 2016 at 11:58 am

A new species of frog in the dicroglossid genus Fejervarya from Ban Monjong, Omkoi District, Chiang Mai Province, northern Thailand.

Two species of Raorchestes tree frog discovered in the cloud forests of southern India

Two species of Raorchestes tree frog discovered in the cloud forests of southern India

Amphibians, New Species November 2, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Raorchestes silentvalley or Silent Valley bushfrog is a species of tree frog endemic to the Nilgiri Hills of southern India and belongs to the species-rich Asian genus Raorchestes. This trees frogs have been found to have a very restricted distribution on the southwestern slopes of the Nilgiri Hills cloud forests in the Silent Valley National Park, southern India. Raorchestes lechiya. Photo David V. Raju

A new species of Brachycephalus from Santa Catarina, southern Brazil

A new species of Brachycephalus from Santa Catarina, southern Brazil

Amphibians, New Species October 27, 2016 at 11:39 am

A new species of Brachycephalus (Anura: Brachycephalidae) is described from the Atlantic Forest of northeastern state of Santa Catarina, southern Brazil.

Beautifully colored treefrog identified in Northern Australia

Beautifully colored treefrog identified in Northern Australia

Amphibians, New Species October 6, 2016 at 10:01 pm

Suatrlian researchers have discovered a new species of green treefrog in Australia – with distinctive orange hands and feet and iridescent purple inner thighs.  The beautifully colored frog had escaped scientific scrutiny because it had been mistaken for a southern relative, which is commonly heard calling after rain in spring and summer.    

A New Species of Salamander

A New Species of Salamander

Amphibians, New Species September 21, 2016 at 9:29 am

The new species reproduces in still waters of ditches or rice paddies, after the breeding season, adults move onto surrounding land to hide in forest litter or other shelters.  It is a small-sized Hynobius (up to 61 mm SVL), with short limbs and slender body. Hynobius unisacculus.  Mi-Sook Min et al. Zootaxa 2016

Four new species of leaping frogs, one named for Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Four new species of leaping frogs, one named for Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Amphibians, Celebrity Taxa, New Species September 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Four new species and further review of the leaping frogs of India published.

Cave dwelling frog discovered in Thailand

Cave dwelling frog discovered in Thailand

Amphibians, New Species September 19, 2016 at 11:38 am

Ansonia khaochangensis was discovered in a limestone cave from the Khao Chang karst tower in Phangnga Province, in southern Thailand.  The cave lifestyle of this new species is a unique and a significant departure from lotic environments common to most other species of Ansonia.