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A new narrow-mouthed frog of the genus Paradoxophyla (Microhylidae: Scaphiophryninae) from Masoala rainforest,
 

Summary: A new narrow-mouthed frog of the genus Paradoxophyla
(Microhylidae: Scaphiophryninae) from Masoala rainforest,
northeastern Madagascar
Franco Andreone 1, Gennaro Aprea 2, Gaetano odierna 2, and Miguel Vences 3
1 Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Via G. Giolitti, 36, I-10123 Torino, Italy
Corresponding author. E-mail:f.andreone@libero.it
2 UniversitÓ di Napoli Federico II, Dipartimento di Biologia Strutturale e Funzionale, Via Cinthia,
Napoli, Italy
3 Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Zoological Museum, Mauritskade 61, 1092 AD
Amsterdam, The Netherlands [Current address: Zoological Institute, Technical University of Braunsch-
weig, Spielmanstr. 8, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany]
Abstract. A new microhylid frog of the genus Paradoxophyla is described from the
rainforests of northeastern Madagascar (Masoala). Paradoxophyla tiarano n. sp. was
found in still waters within rainforest. In external morphology it is similar to P. pal-
mata, hitherto the only known species belonging to this genus, but it differs by a much
less extended foot webbing. We also provide a description of the probable tadpole of
the species, which is a specialized suspension feeder of the typical microhylid type.
The new species also differs from P. palmata in karyology and mitochondrial dNA
sequences. Paradoxophyla tiarano n. sp. is currently known from Masoala, but we sus-
pect that its distribution might extend over a wider area in northeastern Madagascar.

  

Source: Andreone, Franco - Zoology Department, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology