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Four New Burrowing Frogs Discovered in the Western Ghats


Kadar Burrowing Frog

Sonali Garg, a PhD student in Delhi University, and her supervisor Professor SD Biju discovered four new species of burrowing frogs. The species were found to be part of the genus Fejervarya in the family Dicroglossidae. There was only one known species of frog in the genus that could burrow – Rufescent Burrowing Frog Fejervarya rufescens that lived all over the Western Ghats. A study from the researchers above showed that the Rufescent Burrowing Frog only lives in a small area of the Western Ghat while other different species of burrowing frogs live in other areas. This was discovered through DNA tests and other lab work.

Neil Coxi’s Burrowing Frog

The frogs are CEPF Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya cepfi), Kadar Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya kadar), Manoharan’s Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya manoharani), and Neil Cox’s Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya neilcoxi)

CEPF Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya cepfi)

Numerous other new species of frogs have been found in the Western Ghats recently which makes it a biodiversity hot spot but sadly, many of the frogs are facing threats of extinction there.

Manoharan’s Burrowing Frog

Pics from SD Biju

Paper published in Zootaxa –

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New Species of Leaf Frog Discovered from Vietnam

Photo by Jodi Rowley

A new species of Leaf Frog was discovered in Vietnam by Dr. Jodi Rowley and her team.  It was named  Pu Hoat Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax puhoatensis) after the area it was discovered in the Pu Hoat Nature Reserve in Central Vietnam. The frog is a Leaf Liter frog so it is in the family Megophryidae  – the leaf litter frog family. The frogs are already under threat from deforestation so its suggested they be listed as Endangered.

Learn more in the journal article here

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New Species of Monkey Frog


A new species of Monkey Frogs were discovered by researchers. During a survey of the Andes of San Martin in Northern Peru, they observed a frog that looked like Phyllomedusa camba but that species’ range didn’t reach this far north. Researchers took samples of the frogs back to the test and ran some genetic tests on them. They discovered that it was not Phyllomedusa camba but a new species! They named it Phyllomedusa chaparroi after their friend, Juan Carlos Chaparro Auza, a herpetologist and friend.

Read the full article here –

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New Species of Toad from Peru


A new species of toad was discovered in the Cordillera Azul National Park in Northern Peru. Reseachers named the species Rhinella lilyrodriguezae or Lily Rodriguez’s Beaked Toad. The new species is nocturnal and is semi arboreal meaning they live on trees and the ground.  This toad was put in the family Bufonidae – the true toad family surprisingly!


Read the journal article here –

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New Glass Frog Species Discovered


A new species of Glass Frogs have been discovered. The frog was named Hyalinobatrachium yaku or Yaku Glass frog. Yaku means water in Kichwa as water is important to glass frogs and all frogs. It was placed in the genus Hyalinobatrachoium because it shares the traits of other frogs in the genus and because of genetic data. They were found in Ecuador in the Amazon lowlands.

Read the paper here.

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3 New Microhylid Frog Species Discovered

Three new species of Microhylid (meaning from the family Microhylidae) frogs have been discovered in Papua New Guinea. They have all been placed in the genus  Choerophryne which is only found in Papua New Guinea.

The species:

Choerophryne crucifer


Choerophryne multisyllaba


Choerophryne bisyllaba


Read the paper here –


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2 New Clown Frogs Described


Researchers have described two new species of clown frogs from the Amazon. Clown frogs, named after their bright colors, are from the genus Dendropsophus in the family Hylidae or the tree frog family. The new species were considered to belong to other species but because of their DNA and unique calls, they were moved to their own species. The frogs were considered part of the species Dendropsophus leucophyllatus and Dendropsophus triangulum. Researchers believe there could be 3 or 5 more different species that are considered those two species.


Caminer, M. A., Milá, B., Jansen, M., Fouquet, A., Venegas, P. J., Chávez, G., … & Ron, S. R. (2017). Systematics of the Dendropsophus leucophyllatus species complex (Anura: Hylidae): Cryptic diversity and the description of two new species. PloS one, 12(3), e0171785. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0171785

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New Species of Frogs found in Vietnam


A new species of frog was discovered in Vietnam by the wonderful Jodi Rowley (@jodirowley on twitter, give her a follow), Curator of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Biology at the Australian Museum Research Institute, and colleagues.

They named the species the Stone Leaf-Litter Frog (Leptolalax petrops) because of its stone like appearance. It was placed in the family Megophryidae – the Leaf Litter Frogs.

Researchers first thought the frog was a new species because of its appearance and its fast paced call. Sadly, the researchers suggested the frog to be listed as Vulnerable because it was found in only two locations where deforestation is occurring.

Rowley JJL, et al (2017) A new species of Leptolalax (Anura: Megophryidae) from northern Vietnam. Zootaxa 4243 (3): 544–564. DOI:

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3 New Cryptic Frog Species Discovered in Brazil


Researchers discovered three new species of cryptic frogs in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. The new species are Chiasmocleis altomontana, C. veracruz, and C. migueli. They are part of the genus Chiasmocleis which are the humming frogs. Cryptic species are species that look identical to each other on the outside but are genetically different.

To tell these three species apart from other members of their genus, scientists looked at the skeletons. They noticed significant differences. After they found differences in the bones, the researchers looked more carefully at the outer appearance of the frogs and noticed small differences.

The new frogs can’t even be listed with the IUCN Red List because there isn’t enough data. Almost a third of of the humming frogs are listed as data deficient.



Forlani, M. C., Tonini, J. F., Cruz, C. A., Zaher, H., & de Sá, R. O. (2017). Molecular and Forlani MC, Tonini JFR, Cruz CAG, Zaher H, de Sá RO. (2017) Molecular and morphological data reveal three new cryptic species of Chiasmocleis (Mehely 1904) (Anura, Microhylidae) endemic to the Atlantic Forest, Brazil. PeerJ 5:e3005