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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 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.

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

Tiny dragons found in the Andes

Tiny dragons found in the Andes

New Species, Reptiles April 6, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Colorful, spiky and only a few inches long, three new lizard species discovered in the Andes may be the cutest dragon stand-ins on Earth. ¬†Woodlizards are often described as miniature dragons because of their probing eyes, richly patterned skin and rows of spikelike scales. Until now, only 12 species of the genus Enyalioides were known, and five of those were discovered in just the past seven years. Enyalioides sophiarothschildae is one of three new woodlizard species discovered in the Andes