Life in the fast flow: Tadpoles of new species rely on ‘suction cups’ to keep up

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  • March 12, 2018
  • The frogs living in the rainforest of Sumatra also represent a new genus Indonesia, a megadiverse country spanning over 17,000 islands located between Australia and mainland Asia, is home to more than 16% of the world’s known amphibian and reptile species, with almost half of the amphibians found nowhere else in the world. Unsurprisingly, biodiversity […]

    Named after Stanley Kubrick, a new species of frog is a ‘clockwork orange’ of nature

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  • January 16, 2018
  • Two new treefrog species were discovered in the Amazon Basin of Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil. Both had been previously misidentified as another superficially identical species. Curiously, one of them received a name translating to ‘demon’ or ‘devil’. The second one was named in honor of famous American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, because of his masterpiece A […]

    New species of frog from the Neotropics carries its heart on its skin

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  • May 29, 2017
  • In the Neotropics, there is a whole group of so-called glassfrogs that amaze with their transparent skin covering their bellies and showing their organs underneath. A recently discovered new species from Amazonian Ecuador, however, goes a step further to fully expose its heart thanks to the transparent skin stretching all over its chest as well […]

    New frog from the Peruvian Andes is the first amphibian named after Sir David Attenborough

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  • March 7, 2017
  • While there are already a number of species named after famous British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough, including mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and plants, both extinct and extant, not until now has the host of the BBC Natural History’s Life series been honoured with an amphibian. A new fleshbelly frog, recently discovered in the Peruvian […]

    Exceptional reproductive biology in extremely restricted critically endangered Nimba toad

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  • February 6, 2017
  • The critically endangered Nimba toad is long known for its exceptional reproductive biology. The females of this unique species give live birth to fully developed juveniles, having for nine months continuously provided nutrition to the foetuses in the womb (matrotrophy). While live birth (viviparity) among frogs and toads is rather an exception than a common […]

    Twenty-five frogs added to the amphibian fauna of Mount Oku, Cameroon

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  • January 12, 2017
  •   While amphibians all over the world are undergoing a continuous decline, their status in certain regions, such as Central Africa, remains unknown due to incomplete information. New paper, published by two scientists in the open access journal ZooKeys, addresses the knowledge gap by providing an updated list of already 50 amphibian species living on […]

    In the belly of the Devil: New rare ant species found in the stomach of a poison frog

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  • September 27, 2016
  • While new ant species are usually discovered in surveys involving researchers searching through leaf litter, it turns out that sifting through the stomach contents of insect-eating frogs might prove no less effective, especially when it comes to rare species. Such is the case of a new species of rarely collected long-toothed ant, discovered in the […]

    Greek heroic deity Prometheus now has a namesake in a new tiny rain frog from Ecuador

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  • July 22, 2016
  • Prometheus, the mythological Greek heroic deity, has been given a namesake in a new species of tiny rain frog, discovered in southwestern Ecuador. The name was chosen by the international team of scientists, led by Dr Paul Szekely, Ovidius University, Constanta, Romania, in acknowledgement of the Prometeo program, funded by the Ecuadorian government. The description […]

    Singing in the rain: A new species of rain frog from Manu National Park, Amazonian Peru

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  • June 3, 2016
  • A new rain frog species has been described from Amazonian Peru and the Amazonian foothills of the Andes. The frog, given the name Pristimantis pluvialis, was found by researchers from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the University of Michigan, and the National University of San Antonio Abad of Cusco in Peru. The discovery is published in […]

    Finding the real treasure of the Incas: Two new frog species from an unexplored region

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  • June 2, 2016
  • Inaccessibility and mysticism surrounding the mist-veiled mountains of the central Andes make this region promising to hide treasures. With an area of 2197 km2, most of the Llanganates National Park, Ecuador, is nearly unreachable and is traversed only by foot. However, fieldwork conducted by researchers from the Museo de Zoología at Catholic University of Ecuador resulted […]