A new species of the genus Nasikabatrachus (Anura, Nasikabatrachidae) from the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats, India

A new species of the genus Nasikabatrachus (Anura, Nasikabatrachidae) from the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats, India

S. Jegath Janani, Karthikeyan Vasudevan, Elizabeth Prendini, Sushil Kumar Dutta & Ramesh K. Aggarwal http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank:org:pub:56A35631-4676-4899-8EB4-7C2BBFB24223 We describe a new species of the endemic frog genus Nasikabatrachus, from the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats, in India. The new species is morphologically, acoustically and genetically distinct from N. sahyadrensis. Computed tomography scans of both species revealed diagnostic osteological differences, particularly in the vertebral column. Male advertisement call analysis also showed the two species to be distinct. A phenological difference in breeding...

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Nomenclatural puzzle in early Xenophrys nomina (Anura, Megophryidae) solved with description of two new species from India (Darjeeling hills and Sikkim)

Nomenclatural puzzle in early Xenophrys nomina (Anura, Megophryidae) solved with description of two new species from India (Darjeeling hills and Sikkim)

Kaushik Deuti, Stéphane Grosjean, Violaine Nicolas, Karthikeyan Vasudevan & Annemarie Ohler http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:62CDF5C1-E775-4BD1-A25D-3326A2173D4E The eastern Himalayas are known as a hotspot in anuran diversity and are among the earliest but also poorest explored regions of tropical Asia. During fieldwork in North-East India (Darjeeling and Sikkim), we collected small-sized specimens of Xenophrys. For their identification, the nomen-bearing specimens of Xenophrys monticola and Leptobrachium parvum were examined. The complexity of the nomenclatural status of these nomina is highlighted and a redescription of the...

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Development of Polypedates megacephalus (Hallowell, 1861) (Anura, Rhacophoridae)

Development of Polypedates megacephalus (Hallowell, 1861) (Anura, Rhacophoridae)

Chatoan Tesia, Annemarie Ohler & Sabitry Bordoloi http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:64B80ADA-B5C2-4DD7-AA96-10B7DBAF9B5C The rhacophorid tree frog Polypedates megacephalus breeds during April to July in temporary rain pool and most waterlogged areas. Normal development was studied from the egg through metamorphosis for two breeding seasons (2011 and 2012) under controlled conditions at Khonsa, Tirap district, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Embryonic development until stage 22 took place in a foam nest. The fertilized egg underwent the first cleavage within 30 minutes of its fertilization. The frog completed...

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Confirmation of the occurrence of a poorly known species, Ecnomiohyla salvaje (Anura: Hylidae) from El Cusuco National Park, Honduras with an updated list of its amphibians species

Confirmation of the occurrence of a poorly known species, Ecnomiohyla salvaje (Anura: Hylidae) from El Cusuco National Park, Honduras with an updated list of its amphibians species

José Mario Solís, Peter Taylor & Jarek Lopez-Paredes http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:FA64F1E5-6727-4C47-B56F-64C81EBDF8AA We report a population of a poorly known species, Ecnomiohyla salvaje, from El Cusuco National Park in the north western region of Honduras, located in the border region of the departments of Cortés and Santa Bárbara. We report on the extent range of E. salvaje, a species previously known only from a single locality and listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, and we present notes about its natural history. Additionally...

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Notes on distribution, morphological variation and natural history of the rare frog Craugastor guerreroensis (Anura: Craugastoridae)

Notes on distribution, morphological variation and natural history of the rare frog Craugastor guerreroensis (Anura: Craugastoridae)

Ricardo Palacios-Aguilar http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:F398F477-4CA4-4FF2-83A7-BBCABC229D9D A new locality for the frog Craugastor guerreroensis is reported, a species not reported in over thirty years. Additionally, morphological variation is discussed based on the new specimen and those deposited in scientific collections. It is suggested that the lack of recent records of the species is probably due to the ignorance of its habits rather than a population decrement. Se reporta una nueva localidad de la rana Craugastor guerreroensis, una especie no registrada en más de...

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The larva of Schismaderma carens (Smith, 1849) (Anura: Bufonidae) – a redescription. Erratum

The larva of Schismaderma carens (Smith, 1849) (Anura: Bufonidae) – a redescription. Erratum

Bruno Viertel & Alan Channing http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:2F135C13-975B-4C41-ACDE-B7E370E4862D   The Acknowledgements were erroneously not inserted. Acknowledgements We thank Tracy Robb for collecting the tadpoles and Elizabeth van der Merwe for histology. Axel Hochkirch (Trier) and Ulrich Sinsch (Koblenz) gave technical support. We are thankful to the referees. References Viertel, B. & Channing, A. (2017). The larva of Schismaderma carens (Smith, 1949) (Anura: Bufonidae) – a redescription. Alytes,33: 38-46.     Alytes 34 72

Alytes 34 (1-4)

Alytes 34 (1-4)

  Alytes 34 is now available and paid-up subscribers will receive it as usual in the mail. The volume presents a variety of subjects, taxonomy, developmental biology and conservation, including three new species from India. The very unique family of Nasikabatrachidae has a new member, Nasikabatrachus bhupathi, dedicated to our lost friend and colleague Dr. S. Bhupathy. Besides, it presents data on rare species from South America, such as Ecnomiohyla salvaje and Craugastor guerreroensis. You can find the list of…

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