Two new species of Phrynopus (Anura, Strabomantidae) from high elevations in the Yanachaga-Chemillén National park in Peru (Departamento de Pasco)

Edgar Lehr, Jirí Moravec, Juan Carlos Cusi

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Abstract

We describe two new species of Phrynopus from a cloud forest of the Cordillera Yanachaga, Yanachaga- Chemillén National Park in Peru and describe and document the first clutch and case of parental care for a species of Phrynopus. One of the new species of Phrynopus is described based on two females (SVL 19.1-21.0 mm) which were found in leaf litter and moss layer in a cloud forest at 2900 m elevation. This new species is most similar to Phrynopus bracki. The second new species of Phrynopus was found in the transitional formation between cloud forest and wet puna at 3000 m elevation. Its description is based on a single female (SVL 20.7 mm) that was observed guarding nine eggs under moss. This new species is most similar to Phrynopus nicoleae. The eggs had a diameter of 5.7-5.8 mm (n = 3) and froglets when hatched a SVL of 6.2-6.5 mm (n = 3). Sympatric anurans include Gastrotheca sp., Pristimantis aniptopalmatus, P. bromeliaceus, Pristimantis sp., and Rhinella yanachaga.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)51-71
Number of pages21
JournalZooKeys
Volume235
DOIs
StatePublished - 16 Nov 2012

Keywords

  • Andes
  • Anura
  • New species
  • Parental care
  • Peru
  • Phrynopus
  • Strabomantidae

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