Tag Archives: Caudata

When John Holbrook described the Dwarf Salamander, Salamandra quadridigitata in 1842, he did not know where the specimen came from. It was not until 1953, when the type locality was restricted to the area around Charleston, South Carolina by Karl Schmidt. By 1947 it was placed in the genus Manculus, and three subspecies were recognized:…

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RSS Serpent Research

  • A new, morphologically cryptic, leaf-nesting frog of the genus Phyllomedusa May 28, 2017
    Male holotype of Phyllomedusa chaparroi sp. nov. (MUBI 13986) Casttoviejo-Fischer and colleagues describe and name the new leaf-nesting frog, Phyllomedusa chaparroi, a medium-sized species (67.9–77.5 mm) from the Amazonian rainforests of northern Peru. Morphologically the new species is most similar to P. boliviana and P. camba, it is indistinguishable from the latter in external qualitative and quantitative traits). […]
  • Brazilian microteiids - and the increase of Brazilian lizard species since 1995 May 27, 2017
    Gymnophthalmus underwoodi, a widespread all-female species.In a new paper, Ribeiro-Junior and Amaral present distribution data of all Alopoglossidae and Gymnophthalmidae lizards known from the Brazilian Amazonia. The paper presents a total of 54 species-level taxa, belonging to 17 genera and two families. This represents 22 more species-level taxa than previously reported. The results  were based […]
  • Do not publish May 27, 2017
    David Lindenmayer, Ben ScheeleScience  26 May 2017:Vol. 356, Issue 6340, pp. 800-801DOI: 10.1126/science.aan1362Biologists have long valued publishing detailed information on rare and endangered species. Until relatively recently, much of this information was accessible only through accessing specialized scientific journals in university libraries. However, much of these data have been transferred online with the advent of digital […]

RSS Herpetology of Trinidad and Tobago

  • The phylogeny of the luminous lizard of Trinidad - a new genus for the luminous lizard May 16, 2017
    The systematics and ecology of most microteiid lizards of the subfamily Cercosaurinae are poorly known. The subfamily is primarily associated with the Andean highlands where they inhabit humid forest leaf litter.  The genus Riamais the most speciose genus of the Neotropical lizard family Gymnophthalmidae. It contains more than 30 montane species that range throughout the […]
    John Murphy
  • Cuiver’s Dwarf Caiman, Paleosuchus palpebrosus January 23, 2017
    The Dwarf Caiman has males that are slightly larger than females (1.3-1.5 m); females reach about 1.2 m. They are distributed in northern and central South America from Trinidad southward to Paraguay. The Dwarf Caiman tends to use fast-moving streams in forested habitats that are cooler than stream in more open habitat,. The streams may […]
    John Murphy
  • Johnstone's Rain Frog, Eleutherodactylus johnstonei January 23, 2017
    Johnstone's Rain Frog, Eleutherodactylus johnstonei (Family Craugastoridae) Males 17-25 mm, females, 17-35 mm. Dorsum brown or gray brown with one or two darker chevrons; a narrow middorsal stripe or a pair of broad dorsal stripes may be present;skin smooth to slightly tuberculate; distinct tympanum; small, rounded finger and toe disks; digits lack webbing. Native to […]
    John Murphy