A new small golden frog of the genus Pristimantis (Anura: Craugastoridae) from an Andean cloud forest of Colombia
2016-03-01T09:21:24Z (GMT) by
A new species of <i>Pristimantis </i>is described from an Andean cloud forest at 2650 m in the Cordillera Oriental of Colombia. <i>Pristimantis dorado </i>sp. nov. is similar to and could be closely related to <i>P. acutirostris</i>, but can be readily distinguished from this latter species by the absence of a tympanic annulus, vocal slits, vocal sac and reticulations on concealed surfaces, and by having a metallic gold iris with a brown horizontal streak. The phylogenetic position of the new species is recovered and we provide its advertisement call, which this species manages to emit despite lacking a vocal sac and vocal slits. This discovery reminds us that despite the extensive research on the alpha-taxonomy of <i>Pristimantis </i>in Colombia, fieldwork in high montane forests continues to yield previously unknown species.