Tetrapod Zoology

It is still Year of the Frog

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Contrary to plans (you know how it is), I haven’t had time to finish the phorusrhacid theme I started on Tuesday. Because it’s important to keep it in mind, I feel we need a reminder about the fact that 2008 is Year of the Frog, and hats off to Carel for discussing this recently, and of course to Jeff Davis of Frog Matters for continuing to fight the fight…

Among the latest froggy news is the auctioning of the name of a new species of Mannophryne (go here): you have until July 1 2009 to get an aromobatid species named after you (aromobatids are a recently recognised clade of dendrobatoid nobleobatian agastorophrynian calamitophrynian hesticobatrachian cruciabatrachian leptodactyliform hyloids… you might know what hyloids are if you recall this article from the Tet Zoo anuran series, but for the other clade names you’ll have to see Grant et al. 2006). Another new anuran, a new species of the bufonid taxon Osornophryne (sometimes called ‘plump toads’) from the northern Andes, was also up for auction earlier this year. Remember, if you haven’t done so, to sign Amphibian Ark’s online petition and to visit both Amphibian Ark and Frog Matters for the latest amphibian news. And if you need to know why it’s Year of the Frog, there’s an explanation here. It is not too late for us to make a difference. More on anurans still to come at Tet Zoo…. but some very dead phorusrhacids and other animals to come first, sorry…

The image at top depicts an American toad Anaxyrus americanus and is borrowed from Carel Brest van Kempen’s Rigor Vitae.

Refs – -

Grant, T., Frost, D. R., Caldwell, J. P., Gagliardo, R., Haddad, C. F. B., Kok, P. J. R., Means, D. B., Noonan, B. P., Schargel, W. E. & Wheeler, W. C. 2006. Phylogenetic systematics of dart-poison frogs and their relatives (Amphibia: Athesphatanura: Dendrobatidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 299, 1-262.

Comments

  1. #1 David Marjanovi?
    June 12, 2008

    nobleobat[rach]ian

    You have my full sympathy. Too much is too much. :-)

  2. #2 Darren Naish
    June 12, 2008

    Hmm (but.. not entirely sure what you’re getting at.. too many new names?). Nobleobatia – the ‘Noble walker’ clade that includes hylodids and dendrobatoids (it isn’t given a phylogenetic definition) – is named for G. K. Noble. I do actually like some of the new names that the Frost AMNH team are coming up with, even though it seems OTT to assume that all the nodes they discover are strong enough to get a new name. Examples: the athesphatanurans are the ‘marvelous frogs’, the hesticobatrachians are the ‘agreeable frogs’, and the calamitophrynians are the ‘toads having the nature of misfortune’. I was hoping that Chthonobatrachia was named after something to do with H. P. Lovecraft, but nope.

    Dammit, I just realised I’ve started another big linguistics-themed round of comments. Please no….

    PS – did I see that Nick Pharris got his phd? Congrats if so Nick!

  3. #3 neil
    June 12, 2008

    “recently recognised clade of dendrobatoid nobleobatian agastorophrynian calamitophrynian hesticobatrachian cruciabatrachian leptodactyliform hyloids”

    Ow…my….thingy….in….heady

  4. #4 Dr. Nick
    June 12, 2008

    PS – did I see that Nick Pharris got his phd? Congrats if so Nick!

    Um, well, yes, in August of 2006, actually, but thanks!

  5. #5 Darren Naish
    June 13, 2008

    Oh well, better late than never (the congrats that is, not getting the Ph.D.).

  6. #6 David Marjanovi?
    June 13, 2008

    Nobleobatia – the ‘Noble walker’ clade that includes hylodids and dendrobatoids

    Oh. Yes, definitely way too many new names at once — I didn’t remember that one. I need to check Frost et al. 2006 again… <sigh> I agree that many of the names are nice, though.

  7. #7 Andrew
    June 13, 2008

    They are a truly a precious commodity. Do you know how much I pay the gram for my toad?! – http://scienceblogs.com/zooillogix/2008/06/lady_the_toad_sucking_cockersp.php

  8. #8 Andrew
    June 13, 2008

    As the many errors in my last comment attest to, my toad is good sh!t!