Two New Amazon Treefrog Species Described, One Named After Stanley Kubrick

January 16, 2018

Researchers with Ecuador's Catholic University (PUCE) and Peru's Centro de Ornitología y Biodiversidad, have described two new treefrog species that were originally thought to be a single species, the Sarayacu treefrog (Dendropsophus parviceps).

Dendropsophus kubricki or Kubrick's treefrog

Pablo Venegas

Kubrick's treefrog (Dendropsophus kubricki) has orange stains on its underarm area.

Both treefrogs have orange stains on their bodies, while the tree frog named after Stanley Kubrick of A Clockwork Orange fame, Kubrick's treefrog (Dendropsophus kubricki) has orange stains on its underarm area.

Devil's treefrog

Arturo Muñoz

The devil's treefrog has horn-like protuberances above its eyelids.

The second frog, Dendropsophus kamagarini, or devil's treefrog, has a feature that gives it a devil-like appearance; horn-like protuberances on its upper eyelids. The frog is named as such from the Peruvian Matsigenka language that loosely translates to devil or demon frog.

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Researchers  C. Daniel Rivadeneira, Dr. Pablo J. Venegas, and Dr. Santiago R. Ron performed bioacoustic, genetic and morphological analysis of the frogs and determined that they represented two species that were previously unknown to science.

Their finding can be read in its entirety on the Zookeys open access journal

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