A new species of Nyctimystes (Anura, Hylidae) from Papua New Guinea and comments on poorly-known members of the genus

  • Stephen J. Richards South Australian Museum; Vertebrates Department
Keywords: Anura, Hylidae, Nyctimystes kuduki sp. nov, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, new species, advertisement call

Abstract

Nyctimystes kuduki sp. nov. is described from lower-montane rainforest in Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. It is distinguished from all other members of the genus by its moderately large size (males 58.2-61.0 mm SVL), thick yellow or gold, vertically oriented palpebral venation, lack of dermal heel appendages and presence of vocal slits in adult males. Males call from leaves adjacent to and overhanging fast-flowing streams. The advertisement call is a long series of rasping notes produced at a rate of 0.7-1.1/s, with 9-12 pulses/note and a dominant frequency of 1873-2104 Hz. Brief comments and new data are provided for the poorly-known species N. cheesmanae, N. montanus and N. semipalmatus.

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Published
2007-12-01
How to Cite
Richards, S. (2007). A new species of Nyctimystes (Anura, Hylidae) from Papua New Guinea and comments on poorly-known members of the genus. Phyllomedusa: Journal of Herpetology, 6(2), 105-118. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.2316-9079.v6i2p105-118
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