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Two new species of Myersiohyla (Anura, Hylidae) from Cerro de la Neblina, Venezuela, with comments on other species of the genus. (American Museum novitates, no. 3792)

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dc.contributor.author Faivovich, Julián.
dc.contributor.author McDiarmid, Roy W.
dc.contributor.author Myers, Charles W.
dc.contributor.author Cerro de la Neblina Expedition (1984-1985)
dc.date.accessioned 2013-12-23T22:47:57Z
dc.date.available 2013-12-23T22:47:57Z
dc.date.issued 2013-12-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/6464
dc.description 63 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract Two new species of Myersiohyla are described from the 1984-1985 Cerro de la Neblina Expedition in southern Venezuela, together with notes on the genus and a test of its monophyly, which has been challenged in recent studies. The inclusion of new sequences results in a monophyletic Myersiohyla that is better supported than in earlier analyses. One of the new species is similar to M. inparquesi, with which it has been confused previously. This newly described species has, like M. inparquesi, a tadpole with a dorsoventrally flattened body and the largest labial toothrow formula so far reported for anuran larvae (16/21). It differs from M. inparquesi in larval characters, adult coloration, and vocalization. The other new species is unique in having a color pattern composed of stellate melanophores over a greenish ground color. Comments on the holotype of M. loveridgei provide details overlooked in previous references to this rare species and stress the need to establish diagnostic characters that might differentiate it from M. aromatica. Furthermore, we report one specimen not assigned to any species from Huachamacary Tepui, only 25 km from the type locality of M. loveridgei. So far, all studied species of Myersiohyla have relatively large (2.8-3.2 mm), yolky ovarian eggs, a character state shared with several other frogs in Cophomantini (Hyloscirtus, Aplastodiscus, the Hypsiboas benitezi species group), and likely a plesiomorphic character state for the tribe. We report and illustrate the occurrence of a mental gland in some species of Myersiohyla and present a short discussion on odorous volatile secretions reported in some species of this genus. The following species are described or discussed herein: Myersiohyla chamaeleo new species, p. 8, M. neblinaria new species, p. 25, M. loveridgei (Rivero), p. 38, Myersiohyla species inquirenda, p. 40, and M. kanaima (Goin and Woodley), p. 42. Following the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, the nominal type species of Myersiohyla is changed from Hyla inparquesi to Myersiohyla neblinaria (p. 42). en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Museum of Natural History. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates, no. 3792. en_US
dc.subject Myersiohyla chamaeleo. en_US
dc.subject Myersiohyla neblinaria. en_US
dc.subject Myersiohyla. en_US
dc.subject Hylidae. en_US
dc.subject Frogs. en_US
dc.subject Neblina Mountain (Venezuela and Brazil) en_US
dc.subject Venezuela. en_US
dc.title Two new species of Myersiohyla (Anura, Hylidae) from Cerro de la Neblina, Venezuela, with comments on other species of the genus. (American Museum novitates, no. 3792) en_US
dc.title.alternative Myersiohyla from Cerro de la Neblina. en_US


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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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