Friday, June 24, 2011

[Herpetology • 2010] Leptobrachium waysepuntiense • A new species of blue-eyed Leptobrachium (Anura: Megophryidae) from southern Sumatra, Indonesia

Leptobrachium waysepuntiense, Hamidy & Matsui 2010

A new megophryid species of Leptobrachium is described on the basis of three specimens collected from Kubu Perahu, Lampung Province, Sumatra, Indonesia. The new species, Leptobrachium waysepuntiense sp. nov. is distinguished from all other congeners by the colour of iris, which is totally light bluish in adult and greyish in juvenile stages. It is similar to Bornean endemic species in the absence of dark markings around groin, and particularly to L. gunungense in the very small size off emoral gland. It is the fourth species of Leptobrachium recorded from Sumatra, and its discovery underscores the underestimated diversity of amphibians on Sumatra. Variation in the pattern of iris colour in Leptobrachium is discussed.

Key words: Iris colour, Lampung, Leptobrachium hasseltii, Southeast Asia, Sundaland, Sumatra

The Holotype: Leptobrachium waysepuntiense sp. nov.
(SVL = 58.3 mm) in life (MZB Amp 15862).

The juvenile paratype: (KUHE 42805) of Leptobrachium waysepuntiense sp. nov.
(SVL = 33.5 mm) in life(A) and its posteroventral view (B: TL = 13.8 mm).

Type Locality: Map of southern Sumatra, showing the type locality (closed circle)

Hamidy, A., and Matsui, M. 2010. "A new species of blue-eyed Leptobrachium (Anura: Megophryidae) from Sumatra, Indonesia". Zootaxa 2395: 34-44.