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 New Salamander Species Found

At Costa Rica Amphibian Research Center

We would like to share the news about another new species of salamander discovered in Costa Rica this year. The new species, Oedipina berlini, was discovered from four specimens recently found at two sites within the central Caribbean foothills of Costa Rica, one of the two sites is our private reserve in Guayacan de Siquirres, which is the type locality for this taxon. Oedipina berlini was just discovered in the C.R.A.R.C.’s Guayacan Rainforest Reserve in June, July, and August of 2016, after fourteen years of intense amphibian surveys within the reserve. This goes to show that new species are not just awaiting discovery in remote and unstudied sites; and despite how well we think we know a site, surprises can still be found!


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Article published in the latest issue of the journal Mesoamerican Herpetology

For more information about this new species of salamander, you can access the full article published in the latest issue of the journal Mesoamerican Herpetology at the following link. This latest issue of Mesoamerican Herpetology (volume 3, number 4) has many other exciting publications that are definitely worth checking out, including the descriptions of two new reptiles species from Panama as well. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the numerous authors of the other publications in this issue of Mesoamerican Herpetology for their great contributions towards increasing the knowledge of the amphibians and reptiles of Mesoamerica!!!

With the discovery of a new species of Oedipina from the foothills along the Caribbean versant of Costa Rica, the number of species of salamanders in the country has risen to 51. When compared to other countries, this diversity of salamanders places Costa Rica 5th among all countries on the planet, behind the United States (1st), Mexico (2nd), China (3rd), and Guatemala (4th). When considering countries with an area greater than 5,000 km2, the highest diversity density of salamanders is found in the small country of Costa Rica, with one species/1,000 km2.
Data calculated by Brian Kubicki from information on AmphibiaWeb ( www.amphibiaweb.org ) and Wikipedia ( www.wikipedia.org ).