A new glassfrog (Centrolenidae) from the Chocó-Andean Río Manduriacu Reserve, Ecuador, endangered by mining

Juan M. Guayasamin, Diego F. Cisneros-Heredia, José Vieira, Sebastián Kohn, Gabriela Gavilanes, Ryan L. Lynch, Paul S. Hamilton, Ross J. Maynard

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We describe a new glassfrog from Río Manduriacu Reserve, Imbabura Province, on the Pacific slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes. The new species can be distinguished from most other glassfrogs by having numerous yellow spots on the dorsum and lacking membranes among fingers. Both morphological and molecular data support the placement of the species in the genus Nymphargus. We present a new mitochondrial phylogeny of Nymphargus and discuss the speciation patterns of this genus; most importantly, recent speciation events seem to result from the effect of the linearity of the Andes. Finally, although the new species occurs within a private reserve, it is seriously endangered by mining activities; thus, following IUCN criteria, we consider the new species as Critically Endangered.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículoe6400
PublicaciónPeerJ
Volumen2019
N.º2
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 2019

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