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31 January 2012

A NEW LIZARD SPECIES FROM PERU


A new lizard species of the genus Potamites has been described from the montane forests of the Cordillera de Vilcabamba (Cusco region) and Apurimac River valley (Ayacucho region), between 1500 and 2000 meters of elevation, in southern Peru. 




Scientific description: http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/2048/abstract/a-new-species-of-andean-semiaquatic-lizard-of-the-genus-potamites-sauria-gymnophtalmidae-from-southern-peru

12 January 2012

THE WORLD'S SMALLEST VERTEBRATE IS A TROPICAL FROG


Two new species of diminutive terrestrial frogs were recently discovered from the megadiverse hotspot island of New Guinea. One of them, Paedophryne amauensisrepresents the smallest known vertebrate species, attaining an average body size of only 7.7 mm.

The genus Paedophryne, also recently described, has four species which are among the ten smallest vertebrates, rendering it the most diminutive genus of amphibian anurans. Minute frogs, in general, seem not to be just 
mere oddities, but represent a previously unrecognized ecological guild. 
Read full article in: PLoS ONE 7(1): e29797.

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