Last Known Loa Water Frogs Reproduce!

Loa Water Frog
photo by Metropolitan Park of Santiago, Parquemet

The Loa Water Frog (Telmatobius dankoi) is a critically endangered frog from Chile. They are found only in 1 location, Las Cascadas along the Loa River. Sadly, the river has become inhabitable for the frogs. The river had dried up to illegal extraction of water for mining, agriculture, and urban development.

Last year in 2010, the last known Loa Water Frogs were taken from the wild to be kept safe in captivity. Unfortunately, there was only 14 frogs left. The frogs were flown to the National Zoo of Chile. The frogs arrived malnourished and unfortunately, 2 of them died. The other 12 are in great shape.

Loa Water Frog
photo by Metropolitan Park of Santiago, Parquemet

Lately, the researchers started to notice the female frogs gain weight and the male’s skins changing. Then, the female frogs laid eggs, a first for the species in captivity! The eggs then hatched into tadpoles! A total of 200 tadpoles of the Loa Water Frog hatched. Now, the zoo has the challenge of raising these tadpoles in hopes of saving the species.


2 New Species of Waterdogs

The Waterdogs are fully aquatic species of salamanders that are paedomorphic. This means that they retain their larval characteristics (gills, etc) throughout their life. They are often mysterious, often living at the bottom of drainages, ponds, and lakes.

Researchers, Craig Guyer, Christopher M. Murray, Henry Bart, Brian I. Crother, Ryan E. Chabarria, Mark A. Bailey, and Khorizon Dunn, have described two new Waterdog species from the southeastern United States. You can read the article here. The two waterdogs were considered to be Gulf Coast Waterdog (Necturus beyeri) but they are physically different than it. Also the researchers suggest changing the name of the Gulf Coast Waterdog to the Western Waterdog.

Escambia Waterdog – photo by Craig Guyer

The first of the new species is the Escambia Waterdog (Necturus mounti). The larvae lacks white spots which differs from the Gulf Coast Waterdog. The adults lack spots on their mandible chin and on the sides of their belly. Their belly is a bright white color as well.

Apalachicola Waterdog – photo by Craig Guyer

The second of the species is the Apalachicola Waterdog (Necturus moleri). They as well lack white spots on their larvae that differs it from the Gulf Coast Waterdog. The adults have spots on their mandible chin and on the sides of their belly. Their belly is dull white in color. Both of the new species can be found around the Florida – Alabama border.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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

New Species

New Frogs Species of February 2018


New Marsupial Frog species Fritziana izecksohni from Brazil. Journal Article


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

Red-eyed Snouted Treefrog (Scinax ruberoculatus) is found in Brazil. Article –


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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


A New Species of Microhylid Frog from Brazil


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.




New Species of Frog: Dabie Mountain Brown Frog


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.