Fundación ProAves – por la conservación en el país de las aves

Two newly-described poison dart frogs in Colombia

20 enero, 2012

Wednesday 5 December 2007.

Two new frog species of the Dendrobatidae family were discovered by Alonso Quevedo from ProAves and Oscar Gallego from Tolima University in the Central Cordillera of Colombia. They are Ranitomeya tolimense and Ranitomeya doriswansoni described in recent months.

The frogs were discovered in July, 2006, when the research team was looking for endangered bird species in the Central Mountain Range.

Ranitomeya doriswansoni and Ranitomeya tolimense.

Ranitomeya tolimense is mostly yellow, and Ranitomeya doriswansoni is black and red, and has a short fifth toe.

About these new species, Alonso Quevedo, President of ProAves, stated that “There is a great concern about the preservation of these frogs and of many other species of flora and fauna in this region, since there are not any protected areas here, and there is a high pressure on the ecosystems due to the expansion of coffee crops.”

The description of Ranitomeya tolimense was jointly carried out with experts Manuel Hernando Bernal and Víctor Fabio Luna-Mora, who, together with Óscar Gallego, are members of the Research Group on Zoology at the Herpetology and Eco-physiology Laboratory in Tolima University. The article was published on November 14, 2007 by Zootaxa Magazine.

The description of Ranitomeya doriswansoni was jointly carried out in 2006 with José Vicente Rueda-Almonacid, Marco Rada, Santiago J. Sánchez-Pacheco and Álvaro Andrés Velásquez-Álvarez, from Conservación Internacional Colombia. It was also published by Zootaxa Magazine.