|Dendropsophus ozzyi |
Orrico, Peloso, Sturaro, Silva-Filho, Neckel-Oliveira, Gordo, Faivovich & Haddad, 2014
We describe Dendropsophus ozzyi sp. nov., a new species of treefrog, tentatively included in the Dendropsophus microcephalus Group and most notably diagnosed by the presence of pointed fingers and an advertisement call with a very high dominant frequency. The new species is known from three localities in the Brazilian Amazon forest, two on western State of Pará and one (the type locality) in eastern State of Amazonas (03°56’50”S and 58°26’36”W, 45 m a.s.l.).
Keywords: Advertisement call, Amazonia, Dendropsophini, Dendropsophus microcephalus Group, taxonomy
Etymology: The specific epithet is used as a noun in the genitive case and honors John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne, a famous British rock singer, former vocalist of the rock band Black Sabbath, for its contribution to modern music and culture. Ozzy is commonly associated with bats because of the famous episode in which, on stage while he was performing a gig, he bit off a bat’s head thrown by a fan. He later stated that he thought it was a plastic toy.
When calling, this new Dendropsophus species can be vaguely associated with the high pitch sounds emitted by some bat species that are hearable to the human ear. When we heard this species in the field we immediately pictured a calling bat. Because of this “bat association” we take the opportunity to name this species after one of the biggest music legends of all time.
Orrico, Victor G. D., Pedro L. V. Peloso, Marcelo J. Sturaro, Heriberto F. D. Silva-Filho, Selvino Neckel-Oliveira, Marcelo Gordo, Julian Faivovich & Célio F. B. Haddad. 2014. A New "Bat-Voiced" Species of Dendropsophus Fitzinger, 1843 (Anura, Hylidae) from the Amazon Basin, Brazil. Zootaxa. 3881:341-361. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3881.4.3