Friday, 11 May 2012

New Frog from West Africa

Meet Astylosternus laticephalus, a new addition to the frog fauna of West Africa.  The new species looks like a strange frog-toad hybrid.  It’s body shape is typical for frogs of the genus Astylosternus, but it has an exceptionally broad head. The color pattern is also unique – it has distinct red dots and a bicolored iris that is tipped with orange and red.

Rödel, M-O., M. F. Barej, A. Hillers, A. D. Leaché, N.G. Kouamé, C. Ofori-Boateng, N. E. Assemian, B. Tohé, J. Penner, M. Hirschfeld, J. Doumbia, L. N. Gonwouo, J. Nopper, C. Brede, R. Diaz, M. K. Fujita, M. Gil, G. H. Segniagbeto, R. Ernst, and L. Sandberger. 2012. The genus Astylosternus in the Upper Guinea rainforsts, West Africa, with the description of a new species (Amphibia: Anura: Arthroleptidae). Zootaxa, 3245:1-29.

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