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Researchers Hit The Jack Pot when They Discover A Group Of Frogs

Two surveys in the mountainous forests of Sri Lanka’s Peak Wilderness Sanctuary have uncovered eight new species of frogs, according to a paper in the Journal of Threatened Taxa. While every year over a hundred new amphibians are discovered, eight new discoveries in a single park is especially notable. Sri Lanka is an amphibian-lovers paradise with well over 100 described species, most of which are endemic.

All of the new species belong to the Pseudophilautus genus, which is only native to Sri Lanka and India. In addition, each one is easily distinguishable from the other by their morphological features, bucking a recent trend where genetics are increasingly used to find new species that look alike.

Number 1

Pseudophilautus bambaradeniyai

New species: Pseudophilautus bambaradeniyai

Number 2

Pseudophilautus dayawansai

Pseudophilautus dayawansai

 

Number 3

Pseudophilautus jagathgunawardanai

Pseudophilautus jagathgunawardanai

Number 4

Pseudophilautus karunarathnai

Pseudophilautus karunarathnai

Number 5

Pseudophilautus newtonjayawardanei

Pseudophilautus newtonjayawardanei

 

Number 6

Pseudophilautus puranappu

Pseudophilautus puranappu

Number 7

Pseudophilautus samaracoon

Pseudophilautus samaracoon

Number 8

Pseudophilautus sirilwijesundarai.

Pseudophilautus sirilwijesundarai.

 

 



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