New Rain Frogs Discovered in Llanganates National Park, Ecuador

Posted on June 7, 2016

Pristimantis yanezi

Researchers have discovered two new species of rain frogs in remote areas of the Llanganates National Park, Ecuador. The researchers from the Museo de ZoologĂ­a at Catholic University of Ecuador explored areas of the park that are reachable only on foot.

Two new species of rain frogs were discovered. They both belong to the genus Pristimantis. The new species are named Pristimantis yanezi and Pristimantis Llanganati. Both of the species are direct-developing frogs meaning they do not have a tadpole stage. The frogs are characterized by their spiny appearance.

A research paper on the frogs was published here in the journal ZooKeys.

Pristimantis Llanganati


Photos: Santiago Ron

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