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New Siren Species: the Reticulated Siren

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photo by Pierson Hill

A new species of siren was discovered in southern Alabama and the Florida panhandle. There were rumors about an undiscovered large, spotted salamander that lived in the area. A few samples of the species was recovered back in the 1970s but people thought they were just bizarre Greater Sirens (Siren lacertina). The species was re-discovered by former Herper of the Week, David Steen Ph.D., when he was trapping turtles on a military base in Florida. He noticed that it was different from other sirens he has seen. Steen and other researchers (Sean P Graham, Richard Kline, Crystal Kelehear) performed genetic tests and found it to be its own species. They named it the Reticulated Siren because of its color pattern.

One of the interesting facts about the new Siren is its size. Its a large salamander, with average size of the specimens collected being around a foot long but some were two feet long. It is one of the largest animals discovered in North America in over a hundred years. You are probably wondering how a two foot long salamander hasn’t been discovered until now. Sirens are a fully aquatic species and live in murky waters, making them hard to see. With the discovery of the Reticulated Siren, the Siren Family, Sirenidae, there are now 5 different species but who knows? There could be even more hiding.

You can read the full article here – https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0207460

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New Amphibians of March 2018

13 new species of amphibians described formally in March with 12 species being frogs and 1 species being a salamander. 1 new genus was also made.

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A new Stout Salamander, Pachytriton airobranchiatus, described from the Lotus Mountain in China.  Read full article here

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Researchers (Jennifer A. Sheridan and Bryan L. Stuart) investigated the genetics of the Black Spotted Frog (Sylvirana nigrovittata) and discovered that its at least 8 different species of frogs and they described 5 of them. You can read the full article.

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Completely new species of frog found from Madagascar, Gephyromantis lomorina. You can read the full article.

Two new species of frogs (Pristimantis erythroinguinis, Pristimantis antisuyu) from Peru. Full article here

Researchers have described a new genus of frogs with two new species (Sumaterana montana, Sumaterana dabulescens).  Read the journal article here

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A new tree frog species, Yingjiang Tree-hole Frog Nasutixalus yingjiangensis, from China was described last month. Read the journal article here

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A new species of Puddle Frog, Tanoé Puddle Frog (Phrynobatrachus tanoeensis),  described from the Tanoé-Ehy Swamp Forest in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

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New Frogs Species of February 2018

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New Marsupial Frog species Fritziana izecksohni from Brazil. Journal Article

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Two new species of frogs (Anomaloglossus blanci and Anomaloglossus dewynteri) found in French Guiana.  Journal Article

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Red-eyed Snouted Treefrog (Scinax ruberoculatus) is found in Brazil. Article – https://peerj.com/articles/4321/

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New Microhylid species (Uperodon rohani) from Sri Lanka. Journal Article

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Four new species of Mongrel Frogs (Nothophryne baylissi, Nothophryne inagoensis, Nothophryne ribauensis, Nothophryne unilurio) found in Mozambique. Journal Article

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New species of Nurse Frog (Allobates juami) from the Amazon. Journal Article

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Tenasserim Cave Frog (Siamophryne troglodytes) is a new Microhylid frog from Thailand. The researchers who discovered the species suggest it to be listed as endangered already. Journal Article

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New frog species (Physalaemus carrizorum) from Argentina. Journal Article

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New frog species (Psychrophrynella glauca) from the Andes in Peru. Journal Article

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New species of frog, named after Jodi Rowley, Rowley’s Litter Frog (Leptolalax rowleyae) found in Vietnam. Journal Article
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New Tree Frog species (Hyperolius stictus) from Colombia and Venezuela. Journal Article

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New Reed Frog (Hyloscirtus japreria) from Mozambique. Journal Article 

 

Two new species of stream toads (Ansonia phuketensis and Ansonia pilokensis) from Thailand Journal Article

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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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Some of the new species of 2017

While many frogs are facing extinction, scientists are still discovering new species. Here are some of the species they discovered last year.

The Amarakaeri Poison Dart Frog (Ameerega shihuemoy) was found in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Full article here 

Karaavali skittering frog (Euphlyctis karaavali) after Karaavali, the region in India where it was found. Full Article Here

A new genus of toad named the Puppet Toads and two new toad species. Full Article Here

The Ecuadorian Rain Frog (Pristimantis ecuadorensis) was found in the Ecuador’s cloud forests. Full Article Here

Two new Clown Frogs from the Amazon. Full Article Here

Yaku Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium yaku) was discovered in Ecucador. Full article here

New species of Monkey Frog (Phyllomedusa chaparroi). Read full article here. 

A new species of toad found in the United States – Dixie Valley Toad. Read full article here.

A new Poison Dart Frog from Colombia. Read full article here

A new species of Purple Frog. Read full article here.

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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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Photo by Jodi Rowley

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/