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Published: 2011-04-20
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A new cryptic species of Ameerega (Anura: Dendrobatidae) from Brazilian Cerrado

Departamento de Ciências Biológicas, Centro Universitário de Goiás – Uni-Anhanguera, Rua Professor Lázaro Costa, 456, 74415-450, Goiânia, GO, Brazil Laboratório de Genética e Biodiversidade, Departamento de Biologia Geral, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Campus Samambaia, 74001-970, Cx. Postal 131, Goiânia, GO, Brazil
Laboratório de Genética e Biodiversidade, Departamento de Biologia Geral, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Campus Samambaia, 74001-970, Cx. Postal 131, Goiânia, GO, Brazil Laboratório de Comportamento Animal, Herpetologia e Conservação da Natureza, Departamento de Ecologia, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Campus Samambaia, 74001-970, Cx. Postal 131, Goiânia, GO, Brazil
Amphibia Ameerega berohoka sp. nov. Ameerega picta group poison frog advertisement call DNA barcoding


A new cryptic species of poison frog is described from Central Brazil and included in the Ameerega picta group. Ameerega berohoka sp. nov. occurs in cerrado sensu stricto and gallery forest phytophysiognomies in the Cerrado biome in areas drained by the Araguaia River basin, State of Goiás, Brazil. The new species differs from the other species in the A. picta group by adult morphology, such as dorsal coloration, hand length, nostril shape, and features of advertisement call. Uncorrected p-distances of a fragment of the 16S mitochondrial rRNA gene revealed high divergence among other Ameerega species. The new species seems to be genetically most similar to Ameerega flavopicta (ca. 5.3%).


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