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Correspondence
Published: 2019-08-27

The tadpole of Ameerega boehmei in southeastern Bolivia

Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University, 1125 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL, USA, 62901 Current Address: Biology Department, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, USA, 10016
Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University, 1125 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL, USA, 62901
Museo de Charupas, Santiago de Chiquitos, Bolivia
Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University, 1125 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL, USA, 62901
Ameerega boehmei Bolivia Amphibia

Abstract

To date, half (16 of 32) of the species of Ameerega have had their tadpoles described: A. altamazonica, A. bassleri, A. bilinguis, A. braccata, A. cainarachi, A. flavopicta, A. hahneli, A. macero, A. parvula, A. petersi, A. picta, A. rubriventris, A shihuemoy. A. silverstonei, A. smaragdina, and A. trivittata (Lescure, 1976; Silverstone, 1976; Duellman, 1978; Myers & Daly, 1979; Rodriguez & Myers, 1993; Haddad & Martins, 1994; Lötters et al., 1997; Duellman, 2005; Costa et al., 2006; Twomey & Brown, 2008; Brown & Twomey, 2009; Poelman et al., 2010; Schulze et al., 2015). Ameerega boehmei is a putative member of a clade containing Ameerega braccata, A. flavopicta, A. berohoka, A. munduruku, all of which inhabit various parts of the ‘dry diagonal’ between the Amazon and Atlantic rainforests (Prado & Gibbs, 1993). Adult frogs in this group are morphologically similar, generally dark-bodied with yellow dorsolateral stripes, orange flash marks and some also possessing bright-yellow dorsal spots. Despite considerable research on their breeding behavior, acoustics and systematics (Lötters et al., 2009; Forti et al., 2013), the tadpole of Ameerega boehmei, the southern-most and western-most distributed species in this tentative group, has not been described.

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