New frog species discovered in the forests conserved under REDD+ The Last Habitat!

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During one of the biodiversity assessment expeditions conducted as part of the BAM’s Science Program to the protected forests under the REDD+ The Last Habitat conservation project in Ucayali, scientists discovered a new species of frog: Scinax pyroinguinis, whose Latin name means “frog of fire groins” because of the bright orange spots that decorate its groin.

The new species is known from two male specimens found in a patch of Amazonian rainforest at 160 m.a.s.l. Scinax pyroinguinis has an elongated head, rounded from a dorsal view, large conical tubercles on the eyelids and heels, and bright orange spots on the groins and legs. It is genetically and morphologically distinct from other members of the group, making it a new species to science.

“This new discovery for science highlights the importance of BAM’s work in conserving what remains of the extraordinary forests of Ucayali, Peru,” said Walter H. Wust, BAM’s Science Program Leader.

Currently, this new species is only known to exist in the Amazonian forests protected by BAM, which are one of the last habitats for the extraordinary biodiversity in the vicinity of the city of Pucallpa.

“It is necessary to continue studying this new species. With only two specimens we still know very little about it. We are hopeful that it exists in other parts of the forests protected by the BAM, so we will continue searching until we decipher all the enigmas surrounding this new species,” said Germán Chávez, researcher at the Instituto Peruano de Herpetología (IPH).

This research was carried out by a team of herpetological scientists (experts in reptiles and amphibians) integrated by Germán Chávez, from the Peruvian Institute of Herpetology, Wilmar Aznaran from Pedro Ruiz Gallo University, Luis A. García-Ayachi and Alessandro Catenazzi from the University of Florida (USA). In addition, the scientific article has been published in the journal Evolutionary Systematics.

To date, REDD+ The Last Habitat conservation project protects +20,000 hectares of Amazonian forests and its extraordinary biodiversity.

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By: Walter H. Wust and Valeria Drinot

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