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January 2017

Ameerega shihuemoy, new species, described from Peru, and account added for Andinobates opisthomelas

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A new species, Ameerega shihuemoy, has been described from Peru. The new species, described by Rojas-Serrano and colleagues in Zootaxa, is known from Madre de Dios department in Peru, in the vicinity of Manu National park. Although the new species somewhat resembles A. yungicola, it is in fact a close relative of A. macero, which also occurs in the region. Overall this paper was extremely thorough, using a combination of phylogenetics, bioacoustics, and morphology.

Serrano-Rojas, S.J., A. Whitworth, J. Villacampa, R. von May, R.C. Gutierrez, J.M. Padial, & J.C. Chaparro (2017). A new species of poison-dart frog (Anura:Dendrobatidae) from Manu province, Amazon region of southeastern Peru, with notes on its natural history, bioacoustics, phylogenetics, and recommended conservation status. Zootaxa 4221:71-94.

In other news, Juan Salvador Mendoza Roldan has generously contributed a species account for Andinobates opisthomelas. The account is very thorough with lots of natural history information. Check out the account here.

Andinobates opisthomelas

Account added for Andinobates abditus

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With the update of this website, one of our new goals is to add species accounts for the entire subfamily Dendrobatinae, rather than focusing only on Peruvian species.

With that in mind, we’re happy to announce that an account for the enigmatic species Andinobates abditus has been added.

This account was contributed by Santiago Ron from AmphibiaWeb Ecuador who offered to allow us to post a translation of their account.

Andinobates abditus is one of only few remaining “lost species”. It has not been seen in decades, despite relatively recent attempts to find it. Given that there are only two photos of this species in life, we’ve instead decided to use artwork from Ted Kahn for the species account image. This drawing, as well as many others like it, can be found in the new Conservation International volume “Aposematic Poison Frogs (Dendrobatidae) of the Andean Countries”.