Post Tagged with: "Peru"

A New Species of Antbird, named for E O Wilson

A New Species of Antbird, named for E O Wilson

Birds, Celebrity Taxa, New Species December 16, 2017 at 12:06 pm

A new species of antbird, discovered in 2016 in Northern Peru, has been named for E.O. Wilson in recognition of his lifetime contribution to scientific discovery and conservation.  Known from just one mountain ridge, the species is threatened by clearance of forest for sun-coffee farming.

New Species of Arboreal Lizard, Discovered after Dam Flooding in Amazonas

New Species of Arboreal Lizard, Discovered after Dam Flooding in Amazonas

New Species, Reptiles November 22, 2017 at 3:40 pm

The new species, named Euspondylus excelsum, is arboreal and was discovered when the lizard’s habitat was flooded by a hydroelectric project in the Amazonian slopes of the Andes in Central Peru.  The flooding allowed researchers to access to the canopy of the trees of the area.  Specimens were observed on branches or bromeliads in the canopy that was still above water, suggesting the importance of canopy survey method to properly sample arboreal lizards and other canopy dwelling herpetofauna.

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.

A tiny new bird, from Peru, finally identified through its song

A tiny new bird, from Peru, finally identified through its song

Birds, New Species October 23, 2017 at 3:07 pm

A new species of bird from the heart of Peru remained undetected for years until researchers were able to hear and analyze its vocalizations. Florida Museum photo by Andy Kratter

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 cryptic species of monkey frog from Amazonian rainforests of northern Peru

A cryptic species of monkey frog from Amazonian rainforests of northern Peru

Amphibians, New Species May 22, 2017 at 2:39 pm

Distinct eye color and genetic data reveal a new species of monkey frog .

A new semi arboreal frog from northern Peru

A new semi arboreal frog from northern Peru

Amphibians, New Species May 19, 2017 at 10:11 am

A new semiarboreal species of the Rhinella festae group is described from mountain forests of the Cordillera Azul National Park between 1245 and 1280 m in the Cordillera Oriental, San Martín region, northern Peru. Rhinella lilyrodriguezae sp nov.

An Eyeless, Pale Catfish from the Amazon

An Eyeless, Pale Catfish from the Amazon

Fish, New Species March 17, 2017 at 10:37 am

Just over 44 millimeters from the tip of its snout to the base of its tail, the X. sofiae is relatively small for Xyliphius, a genus of banjo catfish native to South America. Described by Mark Sabaj of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University,  the new catfish “has two characteristics that are relatively rare among catfishes: the complete loss of its eyes and its pale — almost extreme lack of — pigmentation,” Sabaj said. “Most catfishes with similar features inhabit underground aquifers and other cave environments.”  The species is described from a single specimen  collected in the main channel of the Río AmazonasRead More

Two Clown Frog Species Identified from the Amazon

Two Clown Frog Species Identified from the Amazon

Amphibians, New Species March 13, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Marcel Caminer, the study’s lead author from the Universidad Católica del Ecuador states “During expeditions to six Amazonian countries, we examined the two clown tree frog species Dendropsophus leucophyllatus and Dendropsophus triangulum, which were hitherto considered ‘universal’ species, in greater detail and were able to show that they do not constitute two, but at least five and perhaps as many as seven different species – two of which we were able to describe for the first time.

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

The Hermit Crab Caterpillar

The Hermit Crab Caterpillar

Citizen Science, Insects, New Species, Species Discovery January 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm

A caterpillar that was recently discovered in Peru exhibits a behavior previously unknown in caterpillars.  The critter was spotted by Dr. Joe Hanson, the creator and host of the YouTube channel “It’s OK to be Smart.” Hanson, along with entomologist Aaron Pomerantz and guide Pedro Lima, were filming in the Peruvian Amazon when they came across the creature. The caterpillar turned into a Cicinnus moth. Is this also a caterpillar carrying its own house?

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.  

New film: mysterious spiderlings emerge into the safety of a fenced yard.  maybe.

New film: mysterious spiderlings emerge into the safety of a fenced yard. maybe.

Arachnids December 22, 2016 at 10:05 am

In the sticky jungles of South America, a mysterious spider crafts towers out of silk—confounding scientists with its intricate creations.  Baby spiders have now been filmed emerging from the egg sac within the structure’s interior.  Scientists are still still attempting to identify the spider.  Scientists think the web may be an enclosure to prevent ants from getting to the spider hatchlings.  

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 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 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.

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 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 “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