Amphibians

Four new species of dink frogs.

Four new species of dink frogs.

Amphibians, New Species September 15, 2016 at 9:25 am

During fieldwork in eastern Panamain in 2011 and 2012 researchers identified four new species of frogs in the genus Diasporus. The genus was first described in 2008. They are found in Central and northern South America. They are sometimes referred to as dink frogs in reference to the “tink” sound that males make during the mating season.

A new high-elevation frog, from the Peruvian Andes

A new high-elevation frog, from the Peruvian Andes

Amphibians, New Species August 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Researchers describe a new species, “Psychrophrynella chirihampatu,” from the Peruvian Andes, in a new article. Like other recently described species in the genus, this new Psychrophrynella inhabits high-elevation forests in the tropical Andes and likely has a restricted geographic distribution  

A new litter frog from China

A new litter frog from China

Amphibians, New Species August 21, 2016 at 12:34 pm

The new species was found mainly on the riparian forest floor, near shallow, clear-water rocky streams in well-preserved montane evergreen broadleaf forest at elevations between 2000–2500 m. Most adult males were found calling with their bodies buried in the moist topsoil and heads hidden under leaf litter, making them difficult to detect ( Fig. 5 A). A few males were calling amongst rock crevices ( Fig. 5 B). No females were detected during the surveys.

A new rain frog from the cloud forests of El Oro in southern Ecuador.

A new rain frog from the cloud forests of El Oro in southern Ecuador.

Amphibians, New Species August 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm

A new species of Pristimantis is described from Reserva Buenaventura, southern Ecuador, at elevations between 878 and 1082 m Pristimantis prometeii, female specimen. Székely et al. (2016).  

Three new species of Pristimantis from Western Ecuador

Three new species of Pristimantis from Western Ecuador

Amphibians, New Species August 20, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Two species inhabit the lowland semi-deciduous forests, and the third species in the high montane forests.

Two new species of frogs of the genus Pristimantis from Ecuador

Two new species of frogs of the genus Pristimantis from Ecuador

Amphibians, New Species June 10, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Fieldwork in the mist-veiled mountains of the central Andes resulted in the discovery of two new species of rain frogs characterized by the spiny appearance typical of several species inhabiting montane forests. Nationalgeographic.es    

Striking new tree frog from Papua New Guinea

Striking new tree frog from Papua New Guinea

Amphibians, New Species June 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

A new species of the microhylid frog genus Mantophryne is described from Woodlark Island in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.

A new species of Pristimantis from the foothills of the Peruvian Andes

A new species of Pristimantis from the foothills of the Peruvian Andes

Amphibians, New Species May 31, 2016 at 9:28 am

The new species can be distinguished from other members of the large genus Pristimantis by its rostral tubercle, smooth dorsal skin, and its call.

A beautiful new species of spiny-backed treefrog from the Central Amazon

A beautiful new species of spiny-backed treefrog from the Central Amazon

Amphibians, New Species May 26, 2016 at 10:45 am

 

A Beautiful New Clown Tree Frog Named after Brazilian Bigfoot

A Beautiful New Clown Tree Frog Named after Brazilian Bigfoot

Amphibians, New Species May 6, 2016 at 4:47 pm

The amphibian, which lives in Brazil’s Floresta Nacional de Pau-Rosa, gets its name from a tall beast said to lurk in the rain forest.

New Species of Narrow-Mouthed Frog Discovered in India’s Wastelands

New Species of Narrow-Mouthed Frog Discovered in India’s Wastelands

Amphibians, New Species March 24, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have discovered a new species of narrow-mouthed frog in India’s wastelands. The common name is Laterite narrow-mouthed frog.  The thumbnail-sized frog, Microhyla laterite, proves that the region — nicknamed the Wastelands — has ecological significance. At present, the rocky area of southwest India is heavily used for garbage dumping and mining of laterie, a hard reddish material that forms brick-like blocks.  

Golden Frog Discovered in Colombia, Named After El Dorado

Golden Frog Discovered in Colombia, Named After El Dorado

Amphibians, New Species March 22, 2016 at 8:44 am

The pale-gold colored frog was found in the cloud forests of the high Andes in Colombia.  The extraordinarily diverse group to which the new species belongs, Pristimantis, includes 465 recognized species, 205 of them from Colombia. The mountainous terrain of the Andes probably led to the evolution of so many different ground-dwelling frogs, in which the eggs develop directly into tiny baby frogs without going through a tadpole phase. At seven-tenths of an inch long, the species is among the smaller species in the group. The largest species grow to be 2 inches in length. Phys.org Pristimantis dorado. Credit: SantiagoRead More

A new frog species from the lowlands of the Peruvian Amazon

A new frog species from the lowlands of the Peruvian Amazon

Amphibians, New Species March 18, 2016 at 10:52 am

A new species of Anura, Pristimantis iiap, is described from the lowlands of the Peruvian Amazon, and allocated to the Pristimantis conspicillatus group (sensu Padial et al. 2014). The new species was collected along the Sepahua River, a small tributary of the Urubamba River (Departamento Ucayali, Peru) running west from the slopes of the Fitzcarrald Arch. Individuals were found active at night in the understory of evergreen lowland forest with high density of bamboo (Guadua spp.) Pristimantis iiap. l Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonía Peruana.

New species of bush frog found in Indian tiger preserve.

New species of bush frog found in Indian tiger preserve.

Amphibians, New Species March 18, 2016 at 9:42 am

A small hill station in the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve (BRTTR) now lends its name to a new species of bush frog that was discovered there by scientists recently.  The species discovered is a cryptic bush frog — that is, it resembles another species of Seshachar’s bush frog ( Raorchestes charius ). Raorchestes charius (common names: Karnataka bubble-nest frog, Seshachar’s bush frog, Chari’s bush frog

New “Cold Frog” from the High Andes

New “Cold Frog” from the High Andes

Amphibians, New Species March 16, 2016 at 3:09 pm

A new species of the genus Psychrophrynella, a group of highly endemic, high-Andean leaf litter and moss frogs.  . Like other recently described species in the genus, this new Psychrophrynella inhabits high-elevation forests in the tropical Andes and likely has a restricted geographic distribution  

A new species of the genus Amolops from southeastern Tibet

A new species of the genus Amolops from southeastern Tibet

Amphibians, New Species February 4, 2016 at 12:12 pm

A new species of the genus Amolops (Amphibia: Ranidae) from southeastern Tibet, China

Two new jewel-eyed tree frog species have a surprising reproductive behavior.

Two new jewel-eyed tree frog species have a surprising reproductive behavior.

Amphibians, New Species February 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

Researchers have identified two new species of tree frogs with jewel-colored eyes on the Island of Taiwan. The tadpoles of these frogs display a strange reproductive behavior: the tadpole embryos feed on their mother.

Smallest species of frogs in China assigned to new clade

Smallest species of frogs in China assigned to new clade

Amphibians, New Species January 29, 2016 at 10:21 pm

Scientists from Kunming Institute of Zoology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences confirmed the discovery of the rare frog that can breed without the help of water, as well as new species of reptiles on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.  The smallest frogs known to reside in China, an adult Liurana frog is 3-cm long at most, while a Liurana medogensis is less than 2 cm. The frogs live around moss in forests over 3,000 meters above sea level.  

New tiny arboreal toad species from India is just small enough for its own genus

New tiny arboreal toad species from India is just small enough for its own genus

Amphibians, New Species January 25, 2016 at 12:00 am

The new toad species is only 24 mm long and occupies mostly evergreen forests across five of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, India. Being active at night, the little amphibian can be regularly seen all year round, rested on the leaf surface of herb bushes. During daytime, it tends to hide under leaf litter on the forest floor.

Scientists ID new genus of tree frogs long thought extinct

Scientists ID new genus of tree frogs long thought extinct

Amphibians, Nature Thriving, New Species, Species Discovery January 20, 2016 at 12:00 am

For more than a century, two mysterious tree frog specimens collected by a British naturalist in 1870 and housed at the Natural History Museum in London were assumed to be part of a vanished species, never again found in the wild.  Now, a group of scientists, led by renowned Indian biologist Sathyabhama Das Biju, has rediscovered the frogs and also identified them as part of a new genus – one step higher than a species on the taxonomic ranking.  Not only have they found the frogs in abundance in northeast Indian jungles, they believe they could also be living acrossRead More