New tree frog species found in Vietnam

By H.Binh, Thanh Nien News

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Kurixalus viridescens, a new tree frog species found in Vietnam. Photo: Nguyen Thien Tao

A team of Vietnamese and Japanese scientists discovered a new species of tree frog in Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa and Lam Dong provinces.
They named the creature Kurixalus viridescens. It was found in Hon Ba Nature Reserve in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa and Bi Doup-Nui Ba National Park in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.
The discovery was published in a September issue of Current Herpetology - the official English journal of the Herpetological Society of Japan.
Japan’s Masafumi Matsui and Vietnam’s Nguyen Thien Tao and Hoang Minh Duc said they described the frog as a distinct species because it is divergent genetically and morphologically from all known congeners.
The species differs from the other congeners due to an immaculate green dorsum, which is usually maculated gray to brown in the other species.
With this new species, Vietnam is now home to seven species of Kurixalus, and can be regarded as the center of speciation of the genus, they said.

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