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 […]

    Conservation hopes up for the endangered banana frog restricted to Southwest Ethiopia

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  • February 19, 2016
  • As the natural forest cover in Ethiopia is already less than 3% of what it once has been, the banana frog species, dwelling exclusively in the remnants of the country’s southwestern forests in only two populations, is exposed to a great risk of extinction. Through their survey, a research team, led by Matthias De Beenhouwer, […]

    Emerald and gold: Two new jewel-eyed endemic tree frog species from Taiwan

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  • February 1, 2016
  • Two endemic tree frog species, not recognised by science until now, have been identified in broadleaf forests in the island country of Taiwan. Unlike their siblings from mainland China and Southern Asia, they demonstrate reproductive behaviour, characterised with egg-eating (oophagous) tadpole embryos feeding on eggs, while still inside the mother’s womb. What told them apart […]

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

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  • January 26, 2016
  • Found on a herb bush, a toad of only 24 mm average length, measured from its snout tip to its cloaca, was quick to make its discoverers consider its status as a new species. After identifying its unique morphological and skeletal characters, and conducting a molecular phylogenetic analysis, not only did Dr. Aggarwal, Centre for […]

    Night calls reveal two new rainforest arboreal frog species from western New Guinea

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  • October 5, 2015
  • Tracked by their calls at night after heavy rains, two species of narrow-mouthed frogs have been recorded as new. During the examinations it turned out that one of the studied specimens is a hermaphrodite and another one represents the first record of the genus Cophixalus for the Misool Island. The field work, conducted by Steve […]

    Dark and marked: Strikingly colored new fleshbelly frog from the Andean cloud forest

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  • August 6, 2015
  • Carrying itself around with a dark brown mask on its face and a broad shapeless white mark on its chest and belly, a frog had been jumping across the Peruvian cloud forests of the Andes unrecognised by the scientific world. Now, this visibly distinguishable species has been picked up by Dr. Catenazzi of Southern Illinois […]