Español: Necesitamos de su donación para describir esta nueva especie de rana para la Ciencia y publicarla en una revista “Peer Reviewed” de impacto internacional.
Estos fondos también serán esenciales para contribuir a la capacitación de la nueva generación de biólogos y biólogas y reforzar los esfuerzos de conservación y protección del hábitat natural de esta rana en el Cerro Chucantí.
Otras especies notables descubiertas en Cerro Chucantí::
Rana de Chucantí (Diasporus majeensis)
Batista, A., G. Köhler, K. Mebert, A. Hertz, & M. Vesely. 2016. An integrative approach to reveal speciation and species richness in the genus Diasporus (Amphibia: Anura: Eleutherodactylidae) in eastern Panama. Zool J Linnean Soc. 178:267-311.
Flores, R. C. Black, & A. Ibáñez. 2017. A new species of Heliconia (Heliconiaceae) with pendent inflorescence, from Chucantí Private Nature Reserve, eastern Panama. Phytokeys. (77):21-32.
Ortiz, O.O. & T.B. Croat. 2021. Dieffenbachia Batistae and D. mortoniana (Araceae, Aroideae, Spathicarpeae), New Species from Panama. Annales Botanici Fennici. 58(1-3): 95-99.
Para más información sobre estas especies, y las demás descubiertas en el Cerro Chucantí, visite nuestro sitio web: https://adoptabosque.org/chucanti/newspecies/
English: We need your donation to describe this new species of frog and publish it in a peer-reviewed" journal of international impact.
These funds will also be essential in contributing to the training of the new generation of biologists and strengthening efforts to conserve and protect the natural habitat of this frog in Cerro Chucantí.
We will then do a survey to determine what name can be assigned to this new species.
Silverstoneia sp. Nov.
During ongoing herpetological surveys in Cerro Chucantí, Dr. Abel Batista and his collaborators encountered a few unusual specimens of a frog in the genus Silverstoneia (Family Dendrobatidae). This Silverstoneia sp. Nov. has a unique vocalization, distinct from the similar-looking species Silverstoneia flotator.
Dr. Abel Batista, a researcher at the Autonomous University of Chiriquí (SENACYT Fellow) and his collaborators have found other significant genetic differences above the species threshold, in relation to other frogs of the same genus.
Where was it discovered?
This frog was discovered in Cerro Chucantí, the tallest peak of the isolated Majé Mountains on the border of the Panama and Darién provinces. Because its temperate cloud forest is so isolated, many unique and endemic species have evolved there.
Unfortunately, the flora and fauna around Cerro Chucantí is under threat from deforestation for agriculture and livestock. Thanks to the founding members of ADOPTA and the support of organizations such as the Weeden Foundation, the International Conservation Fund of Canada (ICFC), the Rainforest Trust, and IUCN Nederlands, we have managed to acquire several parcels of forested land and establish the 750-hectare Cerro Chucanti Private Nature Reserve (CCPNR).
New species from Cerro Chucantí
More than 15 new species of plants and animals have already been described from Cerro Chucantí, including several amphibian species such as the Chucantí Salamander (Bolitoglossa chucantiensis) and the Chucantí Frog (Diasporus majeensis). Several of these new species are named after people who have made significant contributions to conservation. For example, a US donor suggested naming a new species of frog described from Cerro Chucantí after young Greta Thunberg, the Swedish environmental activist against climate change, giving it the name Pristimantis gretathunbergae (see photo below).
Financial support is required to complete the species description process and to ensure that the habitat of this and other species remains protected.
Despite the fact that the Republic of Panama contains almost 10% of all the species of flora and fauna on Earth, very little of the national budget is allocated to biological research. Funding for this project will also provide internship opportunities for local students who are eager to conduct fieldwork within the CCNPR while helping to increase our knowledge of both newly described and potentially threatened or rare species.
All donations above the established goal will go to help pay rangers to monitor and protect the habitat of this species in the RNPCC.
To learn more about this project and other exciting conservation activities being carried out by ADOPTA, we hope you will visit our website (www.adoptabosque.org) and follow us on instagram, facebook and twitter @AdoptaBosque.