The new species is distinguished by its cream-colored belly, with chocolate brown spots and speckles, and its tadpole has a very large mouth. The Yanachaga Chaemillén National Park, whose surface is 122,000 hectares, is considered a hot spot or “hotspot” due to the biological wealth it houses
Osteocephalus vasquezi is the new great discovery made in the jungle of Peru. It is a new type of frog that a scientific team has discovered in the Yanachaga Chemillén National Park, in the Pasco region as reported by the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (Sernanp).
The found frog has spiny back and belongs to the genus Osteocephalusa species that inhabits the natural park located on the eastern slope of the Peruvian Andes in the amazon river basinin the central Peruvian jungle.
It is not yet known for sure if the species is threatened or not. The information available does not allow for conclusive resultsbut it opens a new path of exploration with respect to the new species found.
The new species is distinguished by its cream belly, with chocolate brown spots and specks and its tadpole has a very large mouth. According to the investigation, it is aa sister species to Osteocephalus mimeticus, endemic to the Peruvian Andes that inhabits the ecosystem of tropical montane forests. This new species was found in the province of Oxapampa, at elevations between 1,000 and 1,150 meters of altitude.
A NEW SPECIES OF SPINYBACK TREE FROG DISCOVERED IN PERU
In the heart of the Yanachaga Chemillén National Park in central Peru, scientists from the Peruvian Institute of Herpetology have identified a new species of spiny-backed tree frog. pic.twitter.com/EqsedQzq3Y
– IPHperu (@IPHperu) July 7, 2023
Scientists from the Rainforest Partnership, the Peruvian Institute of Herpetology and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador participated in the discovery.
According to the research, Osteocephalus vasquezi diverged from its sister species in the early Pleistocene, around 2.5 million years ago.
He Yanachaga Chemillén National Park whose surface is 122,000 hectares, It is considered a hot spot or “hotspot” due to the biological richness it houses, with at least 30 endemic species of the 95 amphibian species that are protected in this natural space in the Pasco region.