Saturday, February 28, 2015

[Herpetology • 2015] Stumpffia kibomena • Beautiful Bright Belly: A Distinctive New Microhylid Frog (Amphibia: Stumpffia) from eastern Madagascar


Stumpffia kibomena
Glaw, Vallan, Andreone, Edmonds, Dolch & Vences, 2015

photo: D. Edmonds iNaturalist.org | DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3925.1.8

Abstract

We describe a new red-bellied species of the microhylid frog genus Stumpffia from the Andasibe region (18°56' S, 48°25' E, ca. 900 m elevation) in central-eastern Madagascar. Stumpffia kibomena sp. nov. differs from all other described Stumpffia species in coloration, morphology, and by genetic differentiation in the mitochondrial 16S  rRNA gene (≥8.6% uncorrected p-distance to all other nominal species of the genus). It is furthermore distinguished from most other Stumpffia species by its advertisement calls. The new species is reliably known only from a few specimens collected in the Andasibe region and based on the limited knowledge we suggest its IUCN Red List classification as "Data Deficient".

Keywords: Amphibia, Anura, Cophylinae, Madagascar, Microhylidae, Stumpffia kibomena sp. nov.



Stumpffia kibomena
Glaw, Vallan, Andreone, Edmonds, Dolch & Vences, 2015
photo: Devin Edmonds iNaturalist.org  


Frank Glaw, Denis Vallan, Franco Andreone, Devin Edmonds, Rainer Dolch and Miguel Vences. 2015. Beautiful Bright Belly: A Distinctive New Microhylid Frog (Amphibia: Stumpffia) from eastern Madagascar. Zootaxa. 3925(1): 120–128. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3925.1.8

Stumpffia sp., Marojejy, Madagascar
by Frank Vassen https://flic.kr/p/78voVb

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