Find out new species of rods in Venezuela


November 27, 2018 09:09 PM
Updated on November 27, 2018 9:09 PM

Venezuelan researchers find a genuine and reliable nature of their lives. Despite the deforestation of its habitat, finding that reinforces Venezuela as one of the nations with the greatest diversity of frogs.

The small animal lives in the Sierra de Aroa forests, in the northern state of Yaracuy, and was named Mannophryne molinai, introducing César Molina (1960-2015), a Venezuelan herpetologist who spent his life to work with amphibians and reptiles.

Forks are with a woodier (with black-haired blackbell); The largest people are only 2.5 cm, which is precise AFP Miguel Matta, co-author of the research.

The females are slightly larger than the males and the colors on the back are a mixture of brown, green and dark green.

There is a white male belly and a greenish man; the women show a more similar ventral coloration, with a yellow neck and a more marked black collar, and the yellow belly is a yellow color, mentions Matta.

Another feature is the sound that the men give, and # 39; including a wide range of individual notes, which he added.

Although it is thought that its spread is more extensive in the mountains, so far does not know what; college but at a point called La Rondona.

A first copy of Mannophryne molinai They were found in 2012 in stream in the area. In principle, it is thought to be another people; there Mannophryne herminae, spread widely in the Venezuelan coastline, but there were still doubts.

As the species of this species is difficult to make a difference, more research was needed to ensure that it was an unprofitable species, he explained Matta.

The fieldwork lasted for a number of years and for the description of the species there were essential images, analysis of recordings of their vocabulary and mixed comparisons with the other species of the 19 species known Mannophryne

The research was published in the scientific magazine reviewed by peers Zootaxa.

Matta, from the University of Venezuela, and the psychologist Enrique La Marca, from Los Andes University, and Fernando Rojas-Runjaic, from the La Salle Natural History Museum, who led the study.

Threatening species

New sex discovery is always a good news for science, but in a case Mannophryne It makes a difference to the & # 39; threatening deforestation, Matta said.

Although Sierra de Aroa is defended at its northern end, the rest of the land, where the amphibians have been discovered, support strong livestock and agricultural animals, warned to the scientist.

The researcher stressed his / her determination of deforestation; Increase the temperature and reduce moisture, and to be a species of reliable sections, it would be at risk of dying if the waters become extinct or pollute.

Diet of Mannophryne molinai It is not yet defined, but other species of its species feed on insects, ground floor and, sometimes, small crustaceans.

With this finding add 20 species of the species Mannophryne known, 18 of these wonders of northern Venezuelan mountain systems.

Half are categorized as a risk of extinction by the International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN).

"This finding tells that the amphibian animal in Venezuela is still in a degree of detection and supporting the country's position among the eighties with the greatest diversity of frogs in the world," said La Marca.

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