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Song experiments reveal many possible new tropical bird species

Song experiments reveal many possible new tropical bird species

Birds, Evolution, Science News, Species Discovery September 13, 2017 at 9:27 am

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and Cornell University compared two methods–analysis in the lab and experiments in the field–for 72 pairs of related but geographically separated bird populations in Costa Rica, Panama, and Ecuador.  The new study shows that pairs of birds that failed to recognize each other are currently categorized as members of the same species, suggesting that current taxonomy does not reflect actual bird behavior when it comes to song.  The researchers propose that 21 such pairs should be recognized as separate species based on song discrimination and that playback experiments should be the standard forRead More

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

A marvelous new glassfrog from Amazonian Ecuador

A marvelous new glassfrog from Amazonian Ecuador

Amphibians, New Species May 19, 2017 at 10:20 am

A recently discovered new species of glass frog from Amazonian Ecuador fully exposes its heart thanks to the transparent skin stretching all over its chest as well as tummy.

Spectacular frog discovered in Ecuador’s cloud forests

Spectacular frog discovered in Ecuador’s cloud forests

Amphibians, First Video March 24, 2017 at 3:23 pm

Researchers at Colordao State University have discovered a new species of rain frog.  The yellow-green frog with eye-catching stripes that was discovered recently in Ecuador’s cloud forests.  The Its name is intended to highlight the overwhelming beauty, and cultural and biological diversity of Ecuador. Credit: Jaime Culebras

Three new species of groundsnake from Ecuador

Three new species of groundsnake from Ecuador

New Species, Reptiles March 22, 2017 at 9:30 am

The newfound species add to Earth’s most diverse snake genus—and one of them is already critically endangered.   Atractus cerberus, lives along the borders of forests within Ecuador’s Pacoche Wildlife Refuge, hiding under rocks and logs.  Just a few miles down the road from the snake’s habitat, within Ecuador’s Pacoche Wildlife Refuge, more than 1,200 acres of forest have been stripped bare—for a massive oil refinery . The denuded landscape reminded the researchers who discovered the snake of the underworld, Cerberus, who “guarded” hell’s gates., giving name to the new snake. See also other recent report of two species of Atractus.  

Three new bird-eating’ tarantulas from Ecuador, Peru and Brazil

Three new bird-eating’ tarantulas from Ecuador, Peru and Brazil

Arachnids, New Species March 7, 2017 at 11:26 pm

The Avicularia group contains species of tarantula that live in trees and eat a range of food including insects, bats and even small birds. One of the new species is named after by naturalist Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) depicting an Avicularia avicularia spider eating a bird (below). Dr Fukushima, the lead author of the research, said: ‘This illustration gave origin to the name of the genus and the popular name birdeater spiders. People (in) that time did not believe in her observations, saying that a spider eating a bird was a female fantasy. But now we know she is right!’Read More

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.

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.

A new genus of katydid, from the Amazon

A new genus of katydid, from the Amazon

Insects, New Species August 17, 2016 at 2:07 pm

Emsleyfolium diasae sp. nov. seems to be widely distributed in Amazonian Rainforest, being present at four countries: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

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    

Tiny Lizard Species Found in the Andes

Tiny Lizard Species Found in the Andes

New Species, Reptiles March 16, 2016 at 2:54 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.  

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  

Shape-shifting frog discovered in Ecuadorian Andes

Shape-shifting frog discovered in Ecuadorian Andes

Amphibians, New Species March 22, 2015 at 12:00 am

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