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New Frog Species

The AndinoHerps 2000 expedition uncovered two new species of frogs in the genus Eleutherodactylus.  These two species are represented by numerous individuals collected in the field and have been confirmed by leading experts on northern Andean Eleutherodactylids.  Descriptions of the species have been submitted for publication and their photos, tentative published names, and short descriptions are given below.  Five additional putative new species require more field time and additional encounters to confirm their status.

 


Eleutherodactylus sp. "A"

Eleutherodactylus sp. "A" will be published under the name of Eleutherodactylus ortizi (see reference below).  It is known from numerous encounters and occurs from agricultural land through the forest all the way into the paramo where it is most predominant:


Eleutherodactylus sp. "C"

Eleutherodactylus sp. "C" will be published under the name of Elutherodactylus huicundo.  It has principally been found in secondary growth forest and also in paramo at only the northernmost study site (see map of region).  It is less common than E. ortizi, but still fairly common and a number of individuals have been collected.


New species reference:  Guayasamin, J. M., D. Almeida-Reinosa, and F. Nogales-Sornosa. Two new species of frogs (Leptodactylidae: Eleutherodactylus) from the high Andes of northern Ecuador. Herpetological Monographs, submitted.


The field guide includes more detailed descriptions of these species