Head in the clouds: a new dwarf frog species of the Physalaemus signifer clade (Leptodactylidae, Leiuperinae) from the top of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

  • In an elevational gradient, the mountain top generally presents a reduced species diversity. However, it is there where we often find microendemic and quite often still undescribed species. That prediction is very common in underexplored Neotropical mountains, like those of the Caparaó National Park – a protected area that includes the highest peak of the Atlantic Forest, a megadiverse domain. Up in its top, we found a dwarf frog of the genus Physalaemus (Anura, Leptodactylidae, Leiuperinae), belonging to the P. signifer clade. After an integrative (morphological, bioacoustical, and genetic) analysis, we were able to describe it as a new species and found it to be sister to P. maculiventris. Due to its very restricted distribution at a site with extreme environmental conditions (which includes fires and frosts) and current instability in national environmental policy, we suggest this to be classified as an endangered species. A brief description of its natural history and the description of the species itself will now enable its proper conservation status categorization and the future planning for conservation actions.
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Author:Fernando Leal, Camila Zornosa-Torres, Guilherme Augusto-Alves, Simone Dena, Tiago Leite Pezzuti, Felipe Leite, Luciana Bolsoni Lourenço, Paulo Garcia, Luís Felipe Toledo
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-615030
DOI:https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2021.764.1475
ISSN:2118-9773
Parent Title (German):European journal of taxonomy
Series (Serial Number):European journal of taxonomy : EJT (764:119-151)
Publisher:Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Place of publication:Paris
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2021/08/26
Date of first Publication:2021/08/26
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/08/26
Tag:Anura; Physalaemus araxa; species description; systematics; taxonomy
Volume:2021
Issue:764
Page Number:33
First Page:119
Last Page:151
HeBIS-PPN:486529592
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Journal:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-257882
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0