One of five new species recently discovered in Vietnam
In 2011 I joined a multi-institutional task force to conduct biodiversity surveys in southern Vietnam. Today, I am happy to announce the description of five new species of Leptolalax - one of the results of this task force.
By the time the fieldtrip was finished our team met, in Hanoi, with a different group of researchers who were also doing fieldwork there, although at a distinct location. Among members of this other party was Dr. Jodi Rowley, an extremely charismatic Australian herpetologist with whom I continue to correspond and discuss frog-related matters (moslty Leptolalax and Microhyla).
During the vietnamese trip we collected, among many other interesting stuff, an unnamed species of Asian Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax). Lucky enough, Jodi is probably the biggest expert in the systematics of these "small brown frogs that look a lot like other small brown frogs" -- as she likes to say. We then started a collaboration to sort out the diversity of Leptolalax in southern Vietnam. As a result, that unnamed species I collected in 2011 along with colleagues from the AMNH and Vietnam, was described today. "Leptolalax kalonensis" was named in Zootaxa together with four other species in the genus.
Thanks Jodi! It is trully a pleaure to work with you.
The complete study can be found at: http://biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.4085.1.3
For more information about Jodi, do go: http://jodirowley.com