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New Frog Species named after Stanley Kubrick

Two new frog species were discovered by C. Daniel Rivadeneira, Dr. Pablo J. Venegas, and Dr. Santiago R. Ron in the Amazon Basin. Both of the species were originally misidentified as a different species before researchers figured out that they were two new species. Both species conservation status are suggested to be listed as least concern which is great.

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One of the species described is Dendropsophus kamagarini. Kamagarini comes from a word  in the Matsigenka language that which means devil or demon. The researchers thought the frog looked like a demon or devil because of the horns on it’s head. Matsigenka is the language spoken by the Matsigenka people who live near where they found the frog.

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The other species, Dendropsophus kubricki,  is named after the filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, who made films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange. The frog also has orange markings on it’s leg, 

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Journal Article – https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/13864/list/8/

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A New Species of Microhylid Frog from Brazil

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A new species of  frog has been discoverd in the Brazilian Pantanal in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Corumbá. This inch and a half long frog was found by researchers Alessandher Piva, Ulisses Caramaschi, and Nelson Rufino de Albuquerque. They didn’t know what species of frog it was but it appeared to be from the genus Elachistocleis so they  looked through collections of the genus to try to figure out what it was. They looked at over 250 specimens before they figured out it was a new species.  It was named the Elachistocleis corumbaensis, after Corumbá where they found it.

 

Source: https://www.revistas.usp.br/phyllo/article/view/141870/136958

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New Species of Frog: Dabie Mountain Brown Frog

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Researchers, Chencheng WangLifu QianChenling ZhangWeibo GuoTao PanJun WuHui Wang, and Baowei Zhang, have discovered a new species of frog from the Dabie Mountains in China. They named the frog the Dabie Mountain Brown Frog (Rana dabieshanensis) because that’s the only area that the frog  have been found it.  The Dabie Mountain Brown Frog was placed in the genus Rana because of it’s similar features to others in the genus. Rana is a genus in the family Ranidae – the True Frog family. 

 

Source: https://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=19383

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New Horned Frog Species Discovered

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A new species of frog was found in the Hoang Lien Mountains in northern Vietnam and South China by the research team of Benjamin Tapley, Timothy Cutajar, Stephen Mahony, Chung Thanh Nguyen, Vinh Quang Dau, Tao Thien Nguyen, Hao Van Luong, Jodi Rowley. Many new species of frogs have recently been discovered in Vietnam. The species was named the Red-thighed Horned Frog (Megophrys rubrimera) after it’s bright red thighs. It’s a member of the family Megophryidae – the leaf liter frogs.

The species is already in danger of extinction like so many other amphibian species. The forests were the Red-thighed Horned Frog lives are being destroyed to make room for more farms.

Source: http://mapress.com/j/zt/article/view/zootaxa.4344.3.3

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New Species of Frog from Peru

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Researchers have described a new species of frog from a recent field work trip to the Pui Pui Protected Forest of Peru. 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.  It was placed in the genus Phrynopus – the Andes Frog because of molecular evidence. Phrynopus is a genus in the family Craugastoridae, which has only direct developing frogs so there is no tadpole stage in the new species probably.

The researchers decided that the frog should be listed as Near Threatened because of threats from fungus infections such as Chytrid Fungus, climate change, pollution, and habitat destruction for agriculture.

Source: https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/20776/list/8/

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New Species of Scinax Tree Frog from Brazil

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A new species of tree frog was discovered in the Amazon Rain forest of Brazil. The researchers, Miquéias Ferrão, Jiří Moravec, Rafael de Fraga, Alexandre Pinheiro de Almeida, Igor Luis Kaefer, and Albertina Pimentel Lima, who helped describe the species named it the Jaguar Snouted Treefrog (Scinax oncabecause of it’s similar coloration to jaguars and that the researchers encountered many jaguars during the field work.

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The frog was placed in the genus Scinax – the Snouted Tree frogs from the family Hylidae because of similar morphology as other members. The genus Scinax is found from Mexico all the way down to Argentina and has over 100 species in it. 

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There’s not enough information to determine the frog’s population levels so it can’t be classified. The construction of the Trans-Amazonian highway BR-319 threatens the frogs though.

Paper can be found here – https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/14691/list/1/

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New Species of Purple Frog

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A new species of Purple Frog has been discovered from the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats. What makes this exciting to me is the fact that the Purple Frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) was the only member of the family Nasikabatrachidae and now there’s two members of the family.

There are some minor differences between the two Purple Frogs. The new Purple Frog species (Nasikabatrachus bhupathi) breeds during the northeast monsoon season while the old Purple Frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) breeds during the southwest monsoon season. The calls of the male frogs are different between the species.

The new Purple frog’s scientific name is in memorial of s Dr. S. Bhupathy who passed away on a herp survey in 2014 in the Western Ghats.

You can read more from the journal article located here

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New Poison Dart Frog Species

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A new species of Poison Dart Frog was found in the Urabá region of Northwestern Colombia by Roberto Márquez , Pablo PalaciosRodríguez, Daniel Mejía-Vargas, Valeria Ramírez-Castañeda, and Adolfo Amézquita. Six specimens were collected and genetic tests were run on them. They tests showed that this was a new frog species! The researchers determined it belonged to the genus Andinobates in the family Dendrobatidae – the Poison Dart Frog family. The red color of the frog also helps distinguish it from other members of the genus which are green or yellow in color. It’s fully scientific name is Andinobates victimatus which means the victimized in Latin. It is a tribute to all the victims of the fighting in Colombia. Sadly, the new frog has been suggested to be endangered. 

Paper found here https://www.researchgate.net/publication/318323147_A_new_species_of_Andinobates_Anura_Dendrobatidae_from_the_Uraba_region_of_Colombia