Our new frogs make it into the national newspapers! !Nuestras ranas nuevas llegan a los periodicos nacionales!

Juan Pablo Reyes (foreground), our reserve manager, discovered three of the five species of frogs reported in the Ecuadorian news media last month. Behind him are our staff members Abel Recalde, Abdon Recalde, Luis Recalde, and Tito Recalde. Here they are camping in our Rio Zunac Reserve. Photo: John Clark.

Juan Pablo Reyes (foreground), our reserve manager, discovered three of the five species of frogs reported in the Ecuadorian news media last month. Behind him are our staff members Abel Recalde, Abdon Recalde, Luis Recalde, and Tito Recalde. Here they are camping in our Rio Zunac Reserve. Photo: John Clark.

Recently the national press in Ecuador picked up the story of the three most recent new frogs discovered in and around our reserves by our reserve manager Juan Pablo Reyes and his associates at the Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales.

Recientamente la prensa nacional del Ecuador recogio la historia de tres de las nuevas ranas descubierto en y cerca de nuestras reservas por nuestro jefe de reservas, Juan Pablo Reyes, y sus socios en el Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales.

Pristimantis punzan. Photo: Juan Pablo Reyes.

Pristimantis punzan, one of the species discovered by Juan Pablo. Photo: Juan Pablo Reyes.

Here is an excerpt from the story in the paper “El Universo”/ Aqui es parte del articulo en “El Universo.”

“Habían pasado seis meses desde que el entonces estudiante universitario de biología Juan Pablo Reyes-Puig había recorrido el bosque. Eran jornadas nocturnas desde las seis de la tarde hasta la una de la mañana en las que bordeaba desfiladeros empinados cortados por riachuelos y ríos caudalosos del flanco oriental del Tungurahua.

“Reyes-Puig quería documentar los efectos de la erupción del volcán en la fauna como parte de su tesis. Seguía trochas naturales abiertas por mamíferos como el oso de anteojos cuando en diciembre del 2007 se topó sobre un helecho con una rana en medio de cedros y podocarpus.

“Su color blanquecino tierra que resaltaba sobre el follaje captó su atención. Tras siete años de análisis y comparaciones se determinó que era una nueva variedad de anfibio.

“La bautizaron como Pristimantis punzan, en honor al sitio Punzan del cantón Baños (Tungurahua), donde habita. Pero no sería la única especie nueva que Reyes-Puig y su equipo encontraron. Los hallazgos siguieron en el 2008 y con el apoyo de otros científicos como Mario Yánez-Muñoz, director del Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales, la labor de campo terminó en descripciones de tres nuevas especies de anfibios de las que recién se conocen detalles con la publicación de su información en diciembre pasado en revistas científicas del exterior.

“Junto con la Pristimantis punzan se describieron dos especies más: Pristimantis marcoreyesi y Pristimantis puruscafeum….”

Translation:
“For six months the then-student of biology Juan Pablo Reyes-Puig had been investigating this forest. These were night-time trips lasting from 6 p.m until 1 a.m. in the forests on steep canyons dissected by little streams and roaring rivers on the east flank of the volcano Tungurahua.

“Reyes-Puig wanted to document the effects of the volcano’s eruptions on the fauna as part of his thesis. He followed natural trails opened by mammals like the Spectacled Bear, when in December 2007 he came upon a fernwith a frog on it, in a forest of cedars and Podocarpus.

“Its earthy cream color contrasting with the foliage caught his attention. After seven years of analysis and comparisons, he determined that it was a new species of ampbibian.

“He named it Pristimantis punzan, in honor of the place called Punzan(Tungurahua) where it lived. But this was not the only new species Reyes-Puig and his team found. The discoveries continued in 2008 and with the help of other scientists like Mario Yánez-Muñoz, director of the Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales, this field work resulted in descriptions of three new species of amphibians, whose details just became known with their publication last December in international scientific journals. Along with Pristimantis punzan two other new species were described: Pristimantis marcoreyesi and Pristimantis puruscafeum.”

Juan Pablo Reyes, who discovered three new species of frogs reported in the news last month.

Juan Pablo Reyes as a student eight years ago during his thesis work.

Pristimantis puruscafeum, one of Juan Pablo's discoveries. Photo: Juan Pablo Reyes/EcoMinga.

Pristimantis puruscafeum, another of Juan Pablo’s discoveries. Photo: Juan Pablo Reyes/EcoMinga.

Links to stories about these frogs/ Links a historias sobre estas ranas:

http://www.eluniverso.com/vida-estilo/2015/01/25/nota/4474801/inventario-anfibios-suma-5-especies-mas

http://www.ecoticias.ec/noticia/se-descubren-5-nuevas-especies-de-anfibios-en-ecuador_4670

Lou Jost/EcoMinga

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