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Two species of frogs with a papilla at the tip of the snout discovered in Ecuador

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Two new species of frogs in the genus pristimantis They were described by researchers from the National Institute of Biodiversity (Inabio), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and University of California Berkeley in the upper basin of the Napo River.

Both species have well-defined dorsolateral folds.a conical tubercle on the eyelid, a papilla on the tip of the snout, little dilated discs and small size.

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Pristimantis omarrhynchus It is known in two locations in the provinces of Napo and Sucumbíos. It was recorded on the slopes of the Reventador volcano, between 1700 and 1800, in the evergreen montane and lower montane forests of the eastern Andes mountain range.

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The type specimens were collected in shrubby vegetation up to approximately 1.5 m from the ground, mostly within the mature forest and some specimens in clearings, forest edges and disturbed areas.

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Its name is in honor of the Ecuadorian herpetologist Omar Torres-Carvajal, curator of reptiles at the QCAZ Zoology Museum.

While, Pristimantis miltongallardoi lives in the province of Napoin three locations in the eastern foothills of the Andes, in the drainages of the Cosanga River sub-basin.

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It has been recorded in secondary forest, clearings, forest edges and intervened areas, some individuals were found on the road to Baeza at 1840 meters above sea level; in Cosanga, Yanayacu Research Station, in an altitude range between 1,800–2,137 masl, and south of the Cordillera de los Guacamayos, at 1,927 masl.

Its name is in honor of Milton H. Gallardo, a scientist member of the Academy of Sciences of Latin America, Ph.D. in Biology and professor of Genetics and Evolution at the Faculty of Sciences of the Austral University of Chile. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso

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