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A new microhylid frog of the genus Cophyla from a transitional forest in northwestern Madagascar
 

Summary: A new microhylid frog of the genus Cophyla from
a transitional forest in northwestern Madagascar
Miguel Vences1*, Franco Andreone2
& Frank Glaw3
1
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Zoological Museum, University of Amsterdam,
Mauritskade 61, 1092 AD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2
Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Via G. Giolitti 36, 10123 Torino, Italy
3
Zoologische Staatssammlung, Münchhausenstr. 21, 81247 München, Germany
Received 26 January 2004. Accepted 17 September 2004
We describe a new species of the genus Cophyla from Berara forest, Sahamalaza Peninsula,
northwestern Madagascar. This arboreal microhylid frog is morphologically similar to the
single known species of the genus, Cophyla phyllodactyla, and to Platypelis occultans. This
suggests that the latter species may in fact also belong to the genus Cophyla, a hypothesis that
needs testing by osteological study. The new species is diagnosed by having an intermediate
body size and longer notes in advertisement calls compared to these two species, its note
duration being the longest recorded from any other cophyline species. In addition we provide
evidence for a considerable genetic differentiation among these taxa, based on DNA sequences

  

Source: Andreone, Franco - Zoology Department, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino
Vences, Miguel - Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Zoological Museum, Universiteit van Amsterdam

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology