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A new species of Crossodactylodes from the Espinhaço mountain range, Southeastern Brazil (Anura: Leptodactylidae: Paratelmatobiinae)

T. Santos, Marcus Thadeu, Pinheiro, Paulo D.P., Garcia, Paulo C.A., Griffiths, Richard A., Haddad, Célio F.B., Barata, Izabela M. (2023) A new species of Crossodactylodes from the Espinhaço mountain range, Southeastern Brazil (Anura: Leptodactylidae: Paratelmatobiinae). Herpetologica, 79 (2). pp. 108-118. ISSN 0018-0831. E-ISSN 1938-5099. (doi:10.1655/herpetologica-d-22-00035) (KAR id:101918)


The bromeligenous genus Crossodactylodes, endemic to the Atlantic Forest domain and the “campo rupestre” ecosystem in Brazil, currently comprises five named species. Three additional putatively new species have already been proposed in a recent study based on mitochondrial and nuclear markers. Here we employ phenotypic data to corroborate the distinctiveness of one of these lineages, and describe it as a new species, from the Espinhaço Mountain Range in the municipality of Itamarandiba, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil. We also provide information on its natural history and conservation status. The new species is diagnosable from its congeners by a combination of characters, including the presence of vocal slits in adult males, the orange coloration of discs on fingers and toes, and the presence of vomerine odontophores. The new species is the second Crossodactylodes to be reported for the campo rupestre and it was only recorded in a small forest patch composed of low trees, shrubs, mosses, lichens, and a high density of bromeliads.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1655/herpetologica-d-22-00035
Uncontrolled keywords: animal science and zoology; ecology; evolution; behavior and systematics; amphibia; bromeligenous; campo rupestre; Species description; taxonomy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
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Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2023 14:57 UTC
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