The new species were found by Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) in the mountainous forests of the Cordillera del Condor of southeastern Ecuador, an area of high biological, ecological and social importance near to the border with Peru. The survey concentrated on the Upper Nangaritza River Basin, which is geologically isolated from other parts of the Andes, helping to stimulate the evolution of species which are found nowhere else (endemic species).
The newly discovered creatures – four amphibians, a stunning new lizard and seven insects – include a remarkably ugly bug-eyed salamander and a tiny but beautiful poison arrow frog. CI is hoping that the discoveries will encourage the government of Ecuador to strengthen the protection of the area, which is close to a “peace park”, created to cement the end of hostilities between the two nations in the late 1990s after decades of conflict over the disputed border. Read more >>
Learn more about Expedition Nangaritza:
- Follow along with scientists through videos, maps and photos of the area.
- View a gallery of the new species and the scientists at work.
- See photos and descriptions of the species recorded, including several likely new to science.
- Download images of the expedition and species for your desktop wallpaper!
Watch videos from the expedition below:
Carlos Boada Demonstrates Netting Bats
The “ugly” salamander Bolitoglossa sp., potentially new to science, discovered on this expedition
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