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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620851/changes-of-erythrocyte-metric-parameters-in-pelophylax-ridibundus-amphibia-anura-ranidae-inhabiting-water-bodies-with-different-types-of-anthropogenic-pollution-in-southern-bulgaria
#1
Zhivko Zhelev, Georgi Popgeorgiev, Ivan Ivanov, Peter Boyadzhiev
The article presents the basic erythrocyte-metric parameters: cell length (EL) and width (EW), EL/EW, erythrocyte size (ES), nucleus length (NL) and width (NW), NL/NW, nucleus size (NS) and nucleocytoplasmic ratio (NS/ES) in the wild populations of marsh frogs Pelophylax ridibundus from five water bodies in Southern Bulgaria (two rivers and three reservoirs) with different degrees and types of anthropogenic pollution (less disrupted water basins, domestic sewage pollution and heavy metal pollution). The changes in erythrocyte-metric parameters depend on concentrations and types of toxicant and, to a lesser extent, on the type of water basin...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610317/a-new-species-of-limnonectes-amphibia-anura-dicroglossidae-from-vietnam
#2
Cuong The Pham, Minh Duc Le, Tao Thien Nguyen, Thomas Ziegler, Zheng Jun Wu, Truong Quang Nguyen
A new species of Limnonectes is described from northeastern Vietnam based on morphological and molecular differences. Morphologically, the new species is distinguishable from its congeners on the basis of a combination of the following diagnostic characters: Large size (SVL 50.1-68.9 in males, 45.5-63.0 mm in females); males with moderately enlarged head (HL/SVL 0.48), head longer than wide; vomerine teeth present; external vocal sacs absent; rostral length short (RL/SVL 0.16 in males, 0.15 in females); tympanum distinct (TD/ED 0...
May 24, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610171/phylogenetic-relationships-and-morphology-of-the-i-pristimantis-leptolophus-i-species-group-amphibia-anura-brachycephaloidea-with-the-recognition-of-a-new-species-group-in-i-pristimantis-i-jim%C3%A3-nez-de-la-espada-1870
#3
Gustavo A González-Durán, Mariane Targino, Marco Rada, Taran Grant
We evaluate the monophyly and phylogenetic relationships of the Pristimantis leptolophus species group and describe its external morphology, osteology, and some myological characteristics. We also compare the P. leptolophus species group to other related species groups. The P. leptolophus group is not monophyletic due to the inclusion of P. acatallelus, formerly believed to be part of the P. devillei group. The revised P. leptolophus group is composed of nine named species and six unnamed species. Based on our results, we recognize a new species group, the P...
March 13, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610025/a-new-species-of-the-genus-i-gracixalus-i-amphibia-anura-rhacophoridae-%C3%A2-from-mount-jinggang-southeastern-china
#4
Zhao-Chi Zeng, Jian Zhao, Chun-Quan Chen, Guo-Ling Chen, Zhong Zhang, Ying-Yong Wang
A new species, Gracixalus jinggangensis sp. nov., is described based on a series of specimens collected from Mount Jinggang, Jiangxi Province, southeastern China. The new species is distinguished from all other known congeners by the following combination of morphological characters: relatively small body size, SVL 27.9-33.8 mm in nine males and 31.6 mm in a single female; upper eyelid and dorsum lacking spines; skin of dorsal and lateral surface of head, body and limbs rough with sparsely scattered with tubercles; ventral skin granular; tibiotarsal projection absent; finger webbing rudimentary; toes with moderately developed webbing; brown to beige above in life, with an inverse Y-shaped dark brown marking extending from the interorbital region to the middle of dorsum; males with a single, subgular vocal sac, barely visible nuptial pads with minute granules on the dorsal surface of the bases of first and second fingers...
April 4, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609983/altitudinal-distribution-and-advertisement-call-of-i-colostethus-i-i-latinasus-i-amphibia-dendrobatidae-endemic-species-from-eastern-panama-and-type%C3%A2-species-of-i-colostethus-i-with-a-molecular-assessment-of-similar-sympatric-species
#5
Roberto D Ibáñez, Edgardo J Griffith, Karen R Lips, Andrew J Crawford
We conducted a molecular assessment of Colostethus-like frogs along an elevational gradient in the Serranía de Pirre, above Santa Cruz de Cana, eastern Panama, aiming to establish their species identity and to determine the altitudinal distribution of C. latinasus. Our findings confirm the view of C. latinasus as an endemic species restricted to the highlands of this mountain range, i.e., 1350-1475 m.a.s.l., considered to be type locality of this species. We described the advertisement call of C. latinasus that consists of a series of 4-18 single, short and relatively loud "peep"-like notes given in rapid succession, and its spectral and temporal features were compared with calls of congeneric species...
April 12, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609856/a-new-species-of-dusky-salamander-amphibia-plethodontidae-desmognathus-from-the-eastern-gulf-coastal-plain-of-the-united-states-and-a-redescription-of%C3%A2-d-auriculatus
#6
D Bruce Means, Jennifer Y Lamb, Joseph Bernardo
The Coastal Plain of the southeastern U. S. is one of the planet's top biodiversity hotspots and yet many taxa have not been adequately studied. The plethodontid salamander, Desmognathus auriculatus, was originally thought to occur from east Texas to Virginia, a range spanning dozens of interfluves and large river systems. Beamer and Lamb (2008) found five independent mitochondrial lineages of what has been called D. auriculatus in the Atlantic Coastal Plain, but did not examine the extensive distribution of D...
May 10, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570892/the-genotoxicity-and-cytotoxicity-of-tannery-effluent-in-bullfrog-lithobates-catesbeianus
#7
Mateus Flores Montalvão, Joyce Moreira de Souza, Abraão Tiago Batista Guimarães, Ivandilson Pessoa Pinto de Menezes, André Luis da Silva Castro, Aline Sueli de Lima Rodrigues, Guilherme Malafaia
Some of the most polluting activities occur in bovine skin processing. Tannery generates effluents containing high concentrations of heavy metals and organic compounds. The phases composing the leather production process generate a large volume of tannery effluents that are often discarded in aquatic environments without any previous treatment. However, the effect these xenobiotics have on adult representatives belonging to the class Amphibia remains unknown. Thus, the aim of the present study is to assess the geno- and cytotoxic effects of tannery effluent on adult male bullfrogs (Lithobates castesbeianus) exposed to it...
May 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508201/heterochronies-in-the-cranial-development-of-asian-tree-frogs-amphibia-anura-rhacophoridae-with-different-life-histories
#8
A B Vassilieva
The development of bony skull was studied in four species of Asian tree frogs (Rhacophoridae) with different life histories: biphasic development with free larval stage and direct development. In biphasic rhacophorids the sequence of the appearance of cranial bones generally followed the generalized pattern of craniogenesis, which was described for most studied anurans. In contrast, direct-developing species displayed some heterochronies in the formation of skull bones, namely, the accelerated formation of the anlagen of jaw and suspensorium bones...
March 2017: Doklady Biological Sciences: Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Biological Sciences Sections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438699/cryptic-diversity-in-amazonian-frogs-integrative-taxonomy-of-the-genus-anomaloglossus-amphibia-anura-aromobatidae-reveals-a-unique-case-of-diversification-within-the-guiana-shield
#9
Jean-Pierre Vacher, Philippe J R Kok, Miguel T Rodrigues, Jucivaldo Dias Lima, Andy Lorenzini, Quentin Martinez, Manon Fallet, Elodie A Courtois, Michel Blanc, Philippe Gaucher, Maël Dewynter, Rawien Jairam, Paul Ouboter, Christophe Thébaud, Antoine Fouquet
Lack of resolution on species boundaries and distribution can hamper inferences in many fields of biology, notably biogeography and conservation biology. This is particularly true in megadiverse and under-surveyed regions such as Amazonia, where species richness remains vastly underestimated. Integrative approaches using a combination of phenotypic and molecular evidence have proved extremely successful in reducing knowledge gaps in species boundaries, especially in animal groups displaying high levels of cryptic diversity like amphibians...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432510/epilithic-diatom-assemblages-and-their-relationships-with-environmental-variables-in-the-nil%C3%A3-fer-stream-basin-bursa-turkey
#10
Didem Karacaoğlu, Nurhayat Dalkıran
Patterns of epilithic diatom species distribution in relation to environmental variables from 12 sampling sites on the main stream and some of its tributaries in the Nilüfer Stream Basin were determined using multivariate statistical techniques. The stream basin has been heavily influenced by anthropogenic effects. The upper part of the basin that is distant from pollution sources mostly has a spring water quality, while the lower part where the stream flows through the urban area and receives domestic and industrial wastewater has a quite low quality...
May 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426400/morphological-description-of-cosmocerca-sp-nematoda-cosmocerdidae-from-the-mascarene-grass-frog-ptychadena-cf-mascareniensis-amphibia-ptychadenidae-a-light-and-scanning-electron-microscopic-studies
#11
Rewaida Abdel-Gaber, Fathy Abdel-Ghaffar, Reem Kamel, Sherein Maher, Nashwa El Deeb, Saleh Al Quraishy, Heinz Mehlhorn
The Mascarene grass frog Ptychadena cf. mascareniensis is a species of frog with a vast area of distribution in Africa. A total of 300 frog specimens were collected from different localities at El-Giza province, Egypt; then dissected and examined for the presence of parasitic infection. Only eighty six (28.66%) specimens were found to be naturally infected with nematode parasite. Seasonally, the prevalence of infection was reached its maximum value of 74.66% during summer and minimum values of 26.66% (20/75), 13...
June 1, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419728/temporal-changes-in-cutaneous-bacterial-communities-of-terrestrial-and-aquatic-phase-newts-amphibia
#12
Joana Sabino-Pinto, Pedro Galán, Silvia Rodríguez, Molly C Bletz, Sabin Bhuju, Robert Geffers, Michael Jarek, Miguel Vences
Animal-associated bacterial communities play essential roles for their host's ecology, physiology and health. Temporal dynamics of these communities are poorly understood, but might be of high relevance for amphibians with a well-expressed biphasic biology of adults where the structure of their skin changes drastically between the aquatic and terrestrial phases. Here, we investigated the temporal dynamics of cutaneous bacterial communities of Lissotriton boscai and Triturus marmoratus by monthly sampling populations from a pond and surrounding terrestrial habitats near A Coruña, Spain...
April 17, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412536/molecular-phylogenetics-and-dating-of-the-problematic-new-guinea-microhylid-frogs-amphibia-anura-reveals-elevated-speciation-rates-and-need-for-taxonomic-reclassification
#13
Julio A Rivera, Fred Kraus, Allen Allison, Marguerite A Butler
Asterophryinae is a large monophyletic subfamily of Anurans containing over 300 species distributed across one of the world's most geologically active areas - New Guinea and its satellite islands, Australia and the Philippines. The tremendous ecological and morphological diversity of this clade, with apparent specializations for burrowing, terrestrial, semi-aquatic, and arboreal lifestyle, suggests an evolutionary process of adaptive radiation. Despite this spectacular diversity, this and many other questions of evolutionary processes have received little formal study because until now the phylogeny of this spececies-rich clade has remained uncertain...
April 13, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384420/not-good-but-not-all-bad-dehydration-effects-on-body-fluids-organ-masses-and-water-flux-through-the-skin-of-rhinella-schneideri-amphibia-bufonidae
#14
Rodolfo C O Anderson, Rafael P Bovo, Carlos E Eismann, Amauri A Menegario, Denis V Andrade
Because of their permeable skin, terrestrial amphibians are constantly challenged by the potential risk of dehydration. However, some of the physiological consequences associated with dehydration may affect aspects that are themselves relevant to the regulation of water balance. Accordingly, we examined the effects of graded levels of dehydration on the rates of evaporative water loss and water absorption through the skin in the terrestrial Neotropical toad, Rhinella schneideri. Concomitantly, we monitored the effects of dehydration on the mass of visceral organs; hematocrit and hemoglobin content; plasma osmolality; and plasma concentration of urea, sodium, chloride, and potassium...
May 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369819/feeding-biomechanics-of-late-triassic-metoposaurids-amphibia-temnospondyli-a-3d-finite-element-analysis-approach
#15
Josep Fortuny, Jordi Marcé-Nogué, Dorota Konietzko-Meier
The Late Triassic freshwater ecosystems were occupied by different tetrapod groups including large-sized anamniotes, such as metoposaurids. Most members of this group of temnospondyls acquired gigantic sizes (up to 5 m long) with a nearly worldwide distribution. The paleoecology of metoposaurids is controversial; they have been historically considered passive, bottom-dwelling animals, waiting for prey on the bottom of rivers and lakes, or they have been suggested to be active mid-water feeders. The present study aims to expand upon the paleoecological interpretations of these animals using 3D finite element analyses (FEA)...
June 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295311/molecular-phylogeny-and-taxonomic-revision-of-the-genus-wittrockiella-pithophoraceae-cladophorales-including-the-descriptions-of-w-%C3%A2-australis-sp-nov-and-w-%C3%A2-zosterae-sp-nov
#16
Christian Boedeker, Charles J O'Kelly, John A West, Takeaki Hanyuda, Adele Neale, Isamu Wakana, Mike D Wilcox, Ulf Karsten, Giuseppe C Zuccarello
Wittrockiella is a small genus of filamentous green algae that occurs in habitats with reduced or fluctuating salinities. Many aspects of the basic biology of these algae are still unknown and the phylogenetic relationships within the genus have not been fully explored. We provide a phylogeny based on three ribosomal markers (ITS, LSU, and SSU rDNA) of the genus, including broad intraspecific sampling for W. lyallii and W. salina, recommendations for the use of existing names are made, and highlight aspects of their physiology and life cycle...
June 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278693/dna-barcoding-revises-a-misidentification-on-mossy-frog-new-record-and-distribution-extension-of-theloderma-corticale-boulenger-1903-amphibia-anura-rhacophoridae
#17
Huayuan Huang, Zening Chen, Zhonghui Wei, Rongping Bu, Zhengjun Wu
As an endangered animal group, mossy frog (genus Theloderma) has attracted the attention of biologists and wildlife conservationists. Clarifying the taxonomic status and distribution of each species in Theloderma is important to determine the conservation status for each species, establish appropriate conservation strategies and probe the speciation process. Recently, we discovered a medium-sized species of mossy frog of the genus Theloderma in April 2015 during municipal surveys of amphibians in Dayao Mountain of Jinxiu...
February 16, 2017: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273092/the-100th-an-appealing-new-species-of-dendropsophus-amphibia-anura-hylidae-from-northeastern-brazil
#18
Iuri Ribeiro Dias, Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad, Antônio Jorge Suzart Argôlo, Victor Goyannes Dill Orrico
We describe a new species of the Dendropsophus leucophyllatus Group from the Atlantic Forest of the southern region of State of Bahia, Brazil. It can be distinguished from all species of the D. leucophyllatus Group on the basis of morphological characters (especially its unique dorsal pattern and snout in dorsal view), advertisement calls and divergence in mitochondrial DNA gene sequences. The inclusion of D. anceps on the group remains controversial but our phylogenetic analyses do not recover the new species as sister to syntopic species of the D...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228669/a-new-species-of-pristimantis-amphibia-anura-craugastoridae-from-a-montane-forest-of-the-pui-pui-protected-forest-in-central-peru-regi%C3%A3-n-jun%C3%A3-n
#19
Edgar Lehr, Jiří Moravec
A new species of frog of the genus Pristimantis is described from a montane forest between 1700 and 1800 m a.s.l. of the Pui Pui Protected Forest (Región Junín) in central Peru. Pristimantis ashaninkasp. n. is described based on five adult females (snout-vent length 23.1-26.7 mm) and ten juveniles (snout-vent length 10.6-13.4). It differs from its congeners by having the skin on dorsum shagreen with many conical tubercles giving it a spinose appearance, lacking a tympanum, having groin, anterior and posterior surfaces of thighs uniformly grayish brown, and a pale bronze iris with fine black reticulations, a median reddish hint horizontally across iris, and a black narrow vertical streak from pupil across lower and upper half of iris...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183129/the-type-localities-of-i-anolis-i-i-aequatorialis-i-werner-1894-sauria-iguania-dactyloidae-and-i-pristimantis-i-i-appendiculatus-i-werner-1894-amphibia-anura-craugastoridae
#20
Diego F Cisneros-Heredia
The eminent Austrian zoologist Franz Werner described several new species of amphibians and reptiles from America, including Anolis aequatorialis Werner, 1894 and Hylodes appendiculatus Werner, 1894. Both species were described based on single specimens, with no more specific type localities than "Ecuador" (Werner 1894a,b). After its description, A. aequatorialis remained unreported until Peters (1967) and Fitch et al. (1976) published information on its distribution and natural history. Anolis aequatorialis is currently known to inhabit low montane and cloud forest on the western slopes of the Andes from extreme southern Colombia to central Ecuador, between 1300 and 2300 m elevation (Ayala-Varela & Velasco 2010; Ayala-Varela et al...
January 4, 2017: Zootaxa
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