Wednesday, January 18, 2017

[Botany • 2017] Pitcairnia singularis • A New Species (Pitcairnioideae, Bromeliaceae) from Jalisco, Mexico

Pitcairnia singularis  Flores-Argüelles, Espejo & López-Ferr.  


Pitcairnia singularis, known only from the municipality of Puerto Vallarta in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, is here described and illustrated. The new species is characterized by very narrow, epetiolate, deciduous normal leaves, a simple inflorescence with 14–20 pedicellate, secund, white flowers, and petals 1.5–1.7 cm long, without appendages. An identification key has been included for all the species of the genus present in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.

Keywords: Jalisco, Pitcairnia subgenus Pitcairnia, Sierra del Cuale, Monocots

FIGURE 1. Pitcairnia singularis  Flores-Argüelles, Espejo & López-Ferr.  
A. Plants in flower at type locality. B. Detail of the basal portion of Pitcairnia singularis, showing the reduced sheath like and the normal leaves. C. Oak forest habitat of P. singularis Flores-Argüelles, Espejo & López-Ferr. 

Pitcairnia singularis Flores-Argüelles, Espejo & López-Ferr., spec. nov. (Figs. 1–3)
The new species is characterized by the following: deciduous normal leaves without distinct petioles; inflorescence simple, with 14–20 pedicellate, secund, white flowers; petals 1.5–1.7 cm long, without basal appendages.

Type:— MEXICO. Jalisco: municipio de Puerto Vallarta, Ojo de Agua, 20° 31’ 20.22” N, 105° 11’ 37.27” W, 1195 m, bosque de Quercus, 22 August 2013 (fl), A. Flores-Argüelles & A.R. Romero-Guzmán 776 (holotype: UAMIZ, isotype: IBUG).

Etymology:— The specific epithet refers to the singular characteristics of the new species that distinguish it from any other member of the genus.

Alejandra Flores Argüelles, Adolfo Espejo-Serna and Ana Rosa López-Ferrari. 2017.
Pitcairnia singularis (Pitcairnioideae, Bromeliaceae), A New Species from Jalisco, Mexico.  Phytotaxa. 291(4); 275–280.  DOI:  10.11646/phytotaxa.291.4.4


[Diplopoda • 2017] Revision of the Australian Millipede Genus Pogonosternum Jeekel, 1965 (Polydesmida, Paradoxosomatidae), with Descriptions of Two New Species

Pogonosternum laetificum Jeekel, 1982
Pogonosternum jeekeli Decker, 2017
Pogonosternum montanum Decker, 2017

 The southeastern Australian millipede genus Pogonosternum Jeekel, 1965 is revised. Pogonosternum nigrovirgatum (Carl, 1902), P. adrianae Jeekel, 1982 and P. laetificum Jeekel, 1982 are redescribed; Pogonosternum jeekeli Decker, sp. nov. and Pogonosternum montanum Decker, sp. nov. are described from Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. P. nigrovirgatum infuscum Jeekel, 1982 and P. coniferum Jeekel, 1965 are junior synonyms of Pnigrovirgatum (Carl, 1902). An updated key to all five species of the genus is presented.

Keywords: Arthropoda, Australia, new species, Bass Strait.

Fig. 26. Habitus and live colouration.
APogonosternum nigrovirgatum (Carl, 1902), ♂ from Adams Creek Nature Conservation Reserve (SMNG VNR016989).
BP. adrianae Jeeker, 1982, ♂ from Grand Ridge Road (NMV K-13349).
CP. laetificum Jeeker, 1982, ♂ from Toolangi State Forest, Two Hills Road.
DPogonosternum jeekeli Decker, sp. nov., ♂ from Warby-Ovens National Park, Taminick Gap Road.
E. Pogonosternum montanum Decker, sp. nov., ♂ (left, NMV K-12183) and ♀ (right, NMV K-13351) from Linden Roth Drive.
   Scale bars = 5 mm.   DOI: 10.5852/ejt.2017.259  

Peter Decker, Robert Mesibov, Karin Voigtländer and Willi E.R. Xylander. 2017. Revision of the Australian Millipede Genus Pogonosternum Jeekel, 1965, with Descriptions of Two New Species (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Paradoxosomatidae).
European Journal of Taxonomy. 259: 1–34. DOI: 10.5852/ejt.2017.259 

[Ichthyology • 2017] Hyphessobrycon petricolus • A New Species of Tetra (Characiformes: Characidae) from the rio Madeira basin, Mato Grosso, Brazil

Hyphessobrycon petricolus 
Ohara, Lima & Barros, 2017

A new species of Hyphessobrycon is described from the rio Roosevelt, rio Madeira basin, Mato Grosso State, Brazil. Hyphessobrycon petricolus sp. n. can be distinguished from its congeners by the unique combination of the following features: a well-defined, relatively narrow dark midlateral stripe on body extending from immediately behind posterior margin of opercle to the middle caudal-fin rays, relatively conspicuous humeral blotch, and 16–20 branched anal-fin rays. Comments on the remaining Hyphessobrycon species presenting a conspicuous dark midlateral stripe are presented. 

Keywords: Pisces, Amazon basin, Hyphessobrycon heterorhabdus species-group, Hyphessobrycon cachimbensis, Hyphessobrycon nigricinctus, rio Roosevelt

FIGURE 3. Hyphessobrycon petricolus, paratypes, immediately after capture. 

Sexual dimorphism. Bony hooks on fins, a common dimorphic feature in characids (Malabarba & Weitzman, 2003), were not found in any specimens of Hyphessobrycon petricolus.

Distribution. The new species is so far only known from its type locality, a small tributary of the middle rio Roosevelt, rio Aripuanã drainage, rio Madeira basin, northwestern Mato Grosso State, Brazil (Fig. 4).

Ecological notes. The type locality of Hyphessobrycon petricolus is a small, black water stream 1.5–4 m wide and 0.3–1.5 m deep, with swift water current, and rocky bottom (Fig. 5a), upstream a large waterfall (Fig. 5b). The stream run across a small cerrado-vegetation enclave situated within Amazon forest. Individuals of Hyphessobrycon petricolus were captured near of surface during the night in small groups of 2 to 4 individuals. Other species sampled syntopically were: Aequidens sp., Erythrinus erythrinus, Pyrrhulina sp., Synbranchus sp. and Tatia cf. brunnea

Etymology. The specific name petricolus derives from the Latin petra meaning rock and colus, to abide, to dwell, referring to the occurrence of the species in a rocky-bottomed stream. An adjective.

 Willian M. Ohara, Flávio C T Lima and Bruno S Barros. 2017. Hyphessobrycon petricolus, A New Species of Tetra (Characiformes: Characidae) from the rio Madeira basin, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Zootaxa. 4221(2); 242-250. DOI:  10.11646/zootaxa.4221.2.8

Resumo: Uma espécie nova de Hyphessobrycon é descrita do rio Roosevelt, bacia do rio Madeira, estado do Amazonas, Brasil. Hyphessobrycon petricolus sp. n. pode ser distinguida das suas congêneres pela combinação única das seguintes características: uma bem definida, relativamente estreita faixa médio-lateral escura no corpo estendendo-se de imediatamente após a margem posterior do opérculo aos raios medianos da nadadeira caudal, uma conspícua mancha umeral e 16–20 raios ramificados na nadadeira anal. Comentários sobre as demais espécies de Hyphessobrycon que apresentam uma faixa escura médio-lateral são apresentados.
Palavras chaves: Bacia amazônica, grupo de espécies Hyphessobrycon heterorhabdus, Hyphessobrycon cachimbensis, Hyphessobrycon nigricinctus, rio Roosevelt 

[Arachnida • 2017] On the New Monotypic Wolf Spider Genus Ovia gen. nov. (Araneae: Lycosidae, Lycosinae)

Ovia procurva Yu & Song, 1988


A new monotypic wolf spider genus, Ovia gen. nov. is proposed to accommodate a misplaced species: Pardosa procurva Yu & Song, 1988. Ovia procurva comb. nov. is redescribed, illustrated and designated as the type species for the genus. The subfamily placement of the new genus is discussed and it is considered as a member of Lycosinae Sundevall, 1833 and possibly closely related to Alopecosa Simon, 1885. The presence of an apical process (spur) on the median apophysis is proposed as the putative synapomorphy of Ovia gen. nov. The possible sister-taxon relationship of Ovia gen. nov. with Alopecosa is discussed and evidence on the occurrence of sexual dimorphism and mating plug within the genus are presented. Ovia gen. nov. is assumed to be of Holarctic origin, from which it has migrated to the Indomalayan region. Additionally, a current distribution map for the genus is provided.

Keywords: Araneae, Indomalayan region, mating plug, sexual dimorphism, taxonomy, transfer

Pradeep M. Sankaran, Jobi J. Malamel and Pothalil A. Sebastian. 2017. On the New Monotypic Wolf Spider Genus Ovia gen. nov. (Araneae: Lycosidae, Lycosinae).
Zootaxa. 4221(3); 366-376.  DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4221.3.5

[Herpetology • 2016] Celestus laf • A New Species of Celestus (Squamata: Anguidae) from western Panama

Celestus laf  
Lotzkat, Hertz & Köhler, 2016   

 We describe the second specimen of the anguid genus Celestus collected in Panama as representative of a new species. The holotype of this new taxon was collected in the Reserva Forestal La Fortuna, about halfway between the type localities of the Panamanian endemic C. adercus and the Costa Rican endemic C. orobius. The new form is most similar to these two species, but differs from them and all other Mesoamerican congeners in scalation and coloration. 

Key Words: Cryptozoic diversity, endemism, Lower Central America, Reserva Forestal La Fortuna, Talamancan highlands 


Etymology: The specific name is composed of the initials of the “Lost and Found” ecohostel and given in appreciation of the type locality. Ever since their first visit, which occurred at the beginning of their respective Ph.D. projects in May of 2008, Andreas Hertz and Sebastian Lotzkat have benefited greatly from the exceptional hospitality they always experienced at the ecohostel, and were happy to use its facilities as a convenient base for their herpetological explorations of the La Fortuna Forest Reserve and other areas nearby. Through this mutual partnership, the beautifully situated and by now widely known cloud forest lodge has contributed significantly to our herpetodiversity research in western Panama, and we are glad to honor this exceptional venture by dedicating the second new species we found on its grounds to it, well-timed in its 10th anniversary year.

Sebastian Lotzkat, Andreas Hertz and Gunther Köhler. 2016. A New Species of Celestus (Squamata: Anguidae) from western Panama. 
Mesoamerican Herpetology. 3; 962–975.

Resumen: Describimos el segundo espécimen hallado en Panamá del género ánguido Celestus como representante de una nueva especie. El holotipo de este nuevo taxón fue colectado en la Reserva Forestal La Fortuna, aproximadamente al medio entre las localidades tipo correspondientes al endémico panameño C. adercus y el endémico costarricense C. orobius. La nueva especie es más similar a estas dos especies, pero se diferencia de ellas, así como de las demás especies del género conocidas de Mesoamérica, en escamación y coloración. 
Palabras Claves: Baja Centroamérica, diversidad criptozoológica, endemismo, Reserva Forestal La Fortuna, tierras altas de Talamanca 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

[Ichthyology • 2017] Five New Species of Neolissochilus Rainboth, 1985 (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) from the Western Ghats, peninsular India; Neolissochilus capudelphinus, N. minimus, N. micropthalmus, N. acutirostris & N. tamiraparaniensis

Figure 3. Live specimens of (A) Neolissochilus capudelphinus sp. nov. MSUMNH191, 216.21 mm SL, upstream of the diverted water from Periyar River, M. Arunachalam and team, 16 March 2003, 
(B) Neolissochilus minimus sp. nov. MSUMNH192, 127.34 mm SL, from the diverted water of Periyar River in the forest reserves of Cumbam Valley, M. Arunachalam and team, 03 March 2003,
(C) Neolissochilus micropthalmus sp. nov. MSUMNH193, 163.72 mm SL, Ambayathode in the forest reserves in the Kannur District, Kerala, M. Arunachalam and team, 09 February 2003,
(D) Neolissochilus acutirostris, sp. nov. MSUMNH194, 160.17 mm SL, Abby falls a stream in the Cauvery River drainage in Kodagu District, Karnataka, M. Arunachalam and team, 22 March 2004 and
(E) Neolissochilus tamiraparaniensis, sp. nov. MSUMNH195, 246.56 mm SL, Gadana River of Tamiraparani River basin (east flowing in southern Tamil Nadu), M. Arunachalam and team, 24 February 2004.

Arunachalam, Sivakumar & Murugan, 2017 

The genus Neolissochilus was described by Rainboth, 1985 and currently includes 24 nominal taxa with distributions in southern and south-eastern Asia. Five new species of Neolissochilus are described herein from streams and rivers of the Western Ghats, peninsular India, one of the World’s hotspots of biodiversity. The new species include Neolissochilus capudelphinus, N. minimus, N. micropthalmus, N. acutirostris and N. tamiraparaniensis. Neolissochilus wynaadensis (Day, 1873), also from the Western Ghats is considered a valid species. The five new species are described based on meristic, morphometric characters, and molecular data. Relationships among the newly described species and the relationships of Neolissochilus with Systomus (=Barbodes /Puntius), Hypselobarbus Bleeker and Tor Gray, all presumed closely related lineages are discussed.

Keywords: Cyprinidae, Neolissochilus capudelphinusNeolissochilus minimusNeolissochilus micropthalmusNeolissochilus acutirostris, Neolissochilus tamiraparaniensis.

Muthukumarasamy Arunachalam, Paramasivan Sivakumar and Manavalan Murugan. 2017. Descriptions of Five New Species of Neolissochilus Rainboth, 1985 (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) from Streams/Rivers of the Western Ghats, peninsular India. FishTaxa. 2(1); 1-27.

[Herpetology • 2016] Anolis purpuronectes • A New Species of Semiaquatic Anolis (Squamata: Dactyloidae) from Oaxaca and Veracruz, Mexico

Anolis purpuronectes 
Gray, Meza-Lázaro, Poe & Nieto-Montes de Oca, 2016  


We describe a new species of semiaquatic Anolis (Anolis purpuronectes) from the Chimalapas region of eastern Oaxaca and adjacent Veracruz, Mexico, and investigate its phylogenetic relationships with the closely related species A. barkeri to which the populations under investigation have previously been assigned to. Anolis barkeri and the new species appear to be allopatric, and differ primarily in male dewlap colour (red and orange in A. barkeri, pale purple in A. purpuronectes). A partitioned Bayesian analysis of the mitochondrial genes encoding ND1 (part), ND2, and the intervening tRNAs revealed that A. barkeri and A. purpuronectes are genetically distinct (uncorrected genetic distance between them=11.5%), nested within the A. schiedii group as sister species, and most closely related to a clade composed of A. cymbops, A. milleri, and A. parvicirculatus.

Key words: Anole, Anolis barkeri, Anolis schiedii group, Chimalapas, Mexico, new species, semiaquatic lizard 


Etymology.— The specific epithet purpuronectes, a noun in apposition, is a combination of the Latin adjective purpureus (purple) and the Greek noun nektes (a swimmer).

Anolis purpuronectes Gray, Meza-Lázaro, Poe & Nieto-Montes de Oca, 2016  

Levi Gray, Rubi Meza-Lázaro, Steven Poe and Adrián Nieto-Montes de Oca. 2016. 
Anolis purpuronectes - A New Species of Semiaquatic Anolis (Squamata: Dactyloidae) from Oaxaca and Veracruz, Mexico. Herpetological Journal. 26; 253–262. 


[Mammalogy • 2017] Hoolock tianxing • A New Species of Hoolock Gibbon (Primates: Hylobatidae), based on Integrative Taxonomy, from eastern Myanmar and southwestern China

Hoolock tianxing 
Fan, He, Chen, Ortiz, Zhang, Zhao, Li, Zhang, Kimock, Wang, Groves, Turvey, Roos, Helgen & Jiang, 2017  

Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon or Gaoligong Hoolock Gibbon    DOI:  10.1002/ajp.22631 


We describe a species of Hoolock gibbon (Primates: Hylobatidae) that is new to science from eastern Myanmar and southwestern China. The genus of hoolock gibbons comprises two previously described living species, the western (Hoolock hoolock) and eastern hoolock (H. leuconedys) gibbons, geographically isolated by the Chindwin River. We assessed the morphological and genetic characteristics of wild animals and museum specimens, and conducted multi-disciplinary analyses using mitochondrial genomic sequences, external morphology, and craniodental characters to evaluate the taxonomic status of the hoolock population in China. The results suggest that hoolocks distributed to the east of the Irrawaddy-Nmai Hka Rivers, which were previously assigned to H. leuconedys, are morphologically and genetically distinct from those to the west of the river, and should be recognized as a new species, the Gaoligong hoolock gibbon or skywalker hoolock gibbon (Hoolock tianxing sp. nov.). We consider that the new species should be categorized as Endangered under IUCN criteria. The discovery of the new species focuses attention on the need for improved conservation of small apes, many of which are in danger of extinction in southern China and Southeast Asia.

Figure 8: A juvenile male of Hoolock tianxing from Mt. Gaoligong jumping across trees.
Photo taken by Lei Dong 

Order Primates Linnaeus (1758)
Family Hylobatidae Gray (1870)

Genus Hoolock Mootnick and Groves (2005)

Hoolock tianxing sp. nov.
Hylobates hoolock leuconedys: Groves (1967): 276 (part).

Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon or Gaoligong Hoolock Gibbon 

  Holotype: AMNH M-43068 (adult male, skin only; Figure 3), collected by Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews on April 5, 1917 during the American Museum of Natural History's Asiatic Zoological Expedition (Allen, 1938).

 Type locality: Ho-mu-shu (=Hongmushu) Pass, Baoshan, Yunnan, China (25.00 N, 98.83 E).

 Paratypes: AMNH M-43065 (adult female, skin only; Supplemental Figure S1) and MCZ 26474 (=AMNH M-43067, skin and skull, relocated to MCZ in September 1930), collected at the same locality as the holotype (Allen, 1938). IOZ 25965 (adult male, skin and skull; Supplemental Figure S3), collected on 4 June, 1965 at Tengchong, Yunnan, China. MCZ 30383 (adult male, skin and skull; Supplemental Figure S3) collected on 15 January, 1932, ca. 40 miles east of Bhamo, northern Myanmar, during the Brooke Dolan expedition.

 Etymology: Tianxing, meaning heaven's movement or skywalker (xing, movement, can act as either a noun or a verb), a name referring to the unique locomotory mode of gibbons (brachiation; Figure 8) and derived from the text of the I Ching, an ancient Chinese work of divination (“As heaven's movement is ever vigorous, so must the scholarly gentleman (ajp22631-gra-0005, “junzi”) ceaselessly strive for self-improvement”). Gibbons were widely regarded as a symbol of scholar-officials or junzi in ancient China, as the perceived “noble” characteristics of gibbons were considered to accord with the aesthetic taste of both Daoism and traditional Chinese scholars (van Gulik, 1967; Ye & Heule, 2013).

Diagnosis:  Hoolock tianxing is a hoolock gibbon distinguished from other described hoolock species by a combination of external and dental characters. In males, the ventral pelage is brownish, resembling that of H. leuconedys but differing from H. hoolock. The eyebrows are relatively thinner than in H. hoolock and H. leuconedys, and well-separated, differing from the condition in H. hoolock, where there is only a narrow gap between the eyebrows. White hairs are absent in the suborbital area, differing from H. leuconedys, which has white hairs in the suborbital area. The beards of males are black or brown, differing in color from H. leuconedys, which has a whitish or buffy beard, and not as prominent as in H. hoolock. The black, brown or grayish genital tuft in males differs in color from H. leuconedys, which has a white or silvery tuft. The face rings in females are incomplete, differing from the condition in both H. hoolock and H. leuconedys. The crown outline of the lower p4 is oval, making it distinct from H. leuconedys and H. hoolock individuals from Myanmar and more similar to H. hoolock from Assam.

DistributionBetween the Irrawaddy-Nmai Hka River and the Salween River in China and Myanmar. The Dulongjiang valley, the upper tributary of the Nmai Hka River, may serve as a dispersal barrier for hoolocks. Wild individuals are confirmed to occur on Mt. Gaoligong, and historical museum specimens are also known from further south at Gokteik, Shan State, northern Myanmar. Geissmann et al. (2013) estimated that a healthy population with ca. 50,000 individuals of eastern hoolock live in Shan State subtropical forests, and ca. 16,000 individuals live in montane rainforest in Kayah-Kayin.

Peng-Fei Fan, Kai He, Xing Chen, Alejandra Ortiz, Bin Zhang, Chao Zhao, Yun-Qiao Li, Hai-Bo Zhang, Clare Kimock, Wen-Zhi Wang, Colin Groves, Samuel T. Turvey, Christian Roos, Kristofer M. Helgen and Xue-Long Jiang. 2017. Description of A New Species of Hoolock Gibbon (Primates: Hylobatidae) Based on Integrative Taxonomy. 
American Journal of Primatology.   
DOI:  10.1002/ajp.22631

New species of gibbon discovered in China

[Entomology • 2017] Araucariocladus hiems • A New Tropical Montane Firefly Genus and Species (Coleoptera: Lampyridae), Active During Winter and Endemic to the southeastern Atlantic Rainforest

Araucariocladus hiems 
Da Silveira & Mermudes, 2017   

 DOI:  10.11646/zootaxa.4221.2.4 


Here we describe Araucariocladus hiems gen. et sp. nov. (Lampyridae: Amydetinae), a firefly species endemic to high montane forests, and occurring during June, a relatively cool and dry month in the Southeastern Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil. We tentatively place it in Psilocladina McDermott, and discuss the limitations of its classification. We also provide illustrations of key structural features of the new taxa and discuss its affinities.

Keywords: Coleoptera, Endemism, Psilocladina, Serra dos Órgãos, tropical winter


Luiz Felipe Lima Da Silveira and Jose Ricardo Miras Mermudes. 2017. A New Tropical Montane Firefly Genus and Species, Active During Winter and Endemic to the southeastern Atlantic Rainforest (Coleoptera: Lampyridae).
 Zootaxa.  4221(2); 205–214.  DOI:  10.11646/zootaxa.4221.2.4


Monday, January 16, 2017

[Ichthyology • 2017] Molecular based Phylogenetic Species Recognition in the Genus Pampus (Perciformes: Stromateidae) reveals Hidden Diversity in the Indian Ocean


• The phylogenetic relationships between Pampus species were determined based on 150 mitochondrial COI gene sequences.
• Morphological and molecular evidence suggests the silver pomfret, reported as Pampus argenteus, distributed in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian sea is distinct from East Asian P. argenteus.
• The silver pomfret in the Indian region represents species with genetic affinity to P. cinereus.
• Hidden species diversity among Pampus species is revealed from Bay of Bengal and Arabian waters.

Pomfrets (Genus Pampus) are commercially important fishes in the Indo Pacific region. The systematics of this genus is complicated due to morphological similarities between species. The silver pomfret from Indian waters has long been considered to be Pampus argenteus. The objective of the study was to utilize the mitochondrial COI gene to establish the molecular identity of the silver pomfret distributed in Indian waters and to resolve the phylogenetic relationships among Pampus species in the world based on sequence data in the NCBI database. Seven valid Pampus species are identified in this study. The mean genetic divergence value calculated between clades representing these species was 7.9%. The mean genetic distance between the so-called Pampus argenteus from Indian waters and sequences attributed to P. argenteus from the South China Sea, where the neotype of this species was collected, was found to be greater than 12%, strongly supporting the likelihood of the Indian species being distinct. The Indian Pampus species show very close affinity to P. cinereus, with inter species differences less than 2%. The taxonomic identity of the silver pomfret in India is also discussed here, in light of molecular and morphological evidence.

Keywords: Pampus argenteus; COI; Molecular phylogeny; Distinct species

P.R. Divya, C. Mohitha, G. Kumar Rahul, C.P. Rajool Shanis, V.S. Basheer and A. Gopalakrishnan. 2017. Molecular based Phylogenetic Species Recognition in the Genus Pampus (Perciformes: Stromateidae) reveals Hidden Diversity in the Indian Ocean. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.  DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.12.030 

[Herpetology • 2017] Ameerega shihuemoy • A New Species of Poison-dart Frog (Anura: Dendrobatidae) from Manu Province, Amazon Region of southeastern Peru

Ameerega shihuemoy 
SeRrano-Rojas, Whitworth, Villacampa, Von May, Gutiérrez, Padial & Chaparro, 2017


We describe and name a new species of poison-dart frog from the Amazonian slopes of the Andes in Manu Province, Madre de Dios Department, Peru; specifically within the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve and the buffer zone of Manu National Park. Ameerega shihuemoy sp. nov. is supported by a unique combination of characters: black dorsum with cream to light orange dorsolateral lines, blue belly reticulated with black, and the lack of axillary, thigh and calf flash marks. Within Ameerega, it shares the general appearance of A. altamazonica, A. boliviana, A. hahneli, A. ignipedis, A. petersi, A. picta, A. pongoensis, A. pulchripecta, A. simulans, A. smaragdina, and A. yungicola; each possessing a granular black to brown dorsum, a light labial bar, a conspicuous dorsolateral line running from the snout to the groin, and a metallic blue belly and underside of arms and hind limbs. From most of these species it can be distinguished by lacking flash marks on the axillae, thighs, and calves (absent in only A. boliviana and A. smaragdina, most A. petersi, and some A. pongoensis), by having bright cream to orange dorsolateral stripes (white, intense yellow, or green in all other species, with the exception of A. picta), and by its blue belly reticulated with black (bluish white and black in A. boliviana, green and blue with black marbling in A. petersi, and green and blue lacking black marbling in A. smaragdina). Its mating call also shows clear differences to morphologically similar species, with a lower note repetition rate, longer space between calls, and higher fundamental and dominant frequencies. Phylogenetic analyses based on the 16S mitochondrial rRNA fragment also support the distinctiveness of the new species and suggest that Ameerega shihuemoy is most closely related to Ameerega macero, A. altamazonica, A. rubriventris, and two undescribed species (Ameerega sp. from Porto Walter, Acre, Brazil, and Ameerega sp. from Ivochote, Cusco, Peru). Genetically, the new species is most similar to the sympatric A. macero, from which it clearly differs in characteristics of its advertisement call and coloration. The new species is found near rocky streams during the dry season and near temporary water bodies during the rainy season. Tadpoles are found in lentic water along streams, or in shallow, slow-moving streams. Given its small geographic range, we recommend that A. shihuemoy should be considered 'Near threatened' (NT) according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Keywords: Amphibia, Advertisement call, Amarakaeri Communal Reserve, Ameerega, habitat, Manu Biosphere Reserve, premontane forest, rainforest, taxonomy

Ameerega shihuemoy sp. nov.
Cryptophyllobates sp: Chaparro & Ochoa 2005 p.7 (MHNC 4779 collected on 07 December 2004 by J. C. Chaparro & J. A.Ochoa at Erika Lodge, Departamento Madre de Dios).
Ameerega gr. pictus: Chaparro et al. 2016 p. 2 (from Amarakaeri Communal Reserve, Departamento Madre de Dios).
Ameerega sp1: Whitworth & Villacampa 2014 p. 3 (from Manu Learning Centre, Departamento Madre de Dios).

Etymology. The specific name shihuemoy (English pronunciation: shee-way-moy) corresponds to the Harakmbut word for "poison dart frog". The Amarakaeri are aboriginals from Amazonian Peru and their language belongs to the Harakmbut linguistic group. They coexist with the new species.

FIGURE 3. Color patterns of Ameerega shihuemoy from tadpole to adult MUSM 31692.
Photos by Marcus Brent-Smith.

SeRrano-Rojas, Shirley J., Andrew Whitworth, Jaime Villacampa, Rudolf Von May, Roberto C. Gutiérrez, José M. Padial & Juan C. Chaparro. 2017. A New Species of Poison-dart Frog (Anura: Dendrobatidae) from Manu Province, Amazon Region of southeastern Peru, with Notes on Its Natural History, Bioacoustics, Phylogenetics, and Recommended Conservation Status. Zootaxa. 4221(1); 71–94.   DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4221.1.6

Una especie nueva para la ciencia fue descubierta por el equipo de investigación dentro del Manu Learning Center y ha sido recientemente descrita por Jennifer Serrano Rojas. En la foto: la ranita venenosa de Amarakaeri (Ameerega shihuemoy). Foto: Crees Foundation / Marcus Brent-smith.

[Entomology • 2017] Lluciapomaresius nisae • A New Species of Ephippigerini (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Bradyporinae) from the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula

Lluciapomaresius nisae  
Olmo-Vidal, 2017  


A new species of the genus Lluciapomaresius Barat, 2012 is described from Serra de Llaberia in Catalonia (in the northeast of Iberian Peninsula). Lluciapomaresius nisae n. sp. was collected in a Mediterranean pine forest dominated by European black pine (Pinus nigra) and secondarily by Calcicolous rosemary scrub. L. nisae is compared to L. panteli (Navàs, 1899) from which it can be separated mainly by the shape of the male cerci, the titillators and the male calling song. Also in the females by the protuberances at the base of the ventral valves of the ovipositor.

Keywords: Orthoptera, Prelitoral Catalan Mountains, Mediterranean pine forest, isolation, Serra de Llaberia, Catalonia

male Lluciapomaresius nisae   

Josep Maria Olmo Vidal. 2017. Lluciapomaresius nisae, A New Species of Ephippigerini (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Bradyporinae) from the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula.
 Zootaxa. 4221(1); 123–130.  DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4221.1.3