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New frog species for Tambo Blanquillo – Private Reserve and Manu National Park


February 2, 2017

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 Ameerga shihuemoy - Photo: Marcus Brenth-Smith/Crees Foundation

Ameerga shihuemoy – Photo: Marcus Brent-Smith/Crees Foundation

A group of Scientists working inside Manu National Park and the Amarakaeri Reserve have discovered a new species of poison frog, apparently endemic to this area.

This new frog has received the name of Ameerga shihuemoy, with the species name shihuemoy being the local name for ‘poison dart frog’. This new species of frog has been found in the transition between lowland rainforest and montane forest, with an altitude range of 340 to 859 meters above sea level.

This frog’s appearance is not dissimilar to other species in the genus Ameerega, although it does have some distinguishing characteristics that helped Serrano and his team identify the species as a new one. “The beauty of this poison frog is astonishing,” Serrano said. “It has a black dorsum with cream to bright orange dorsolateral stripes and a blue venter with black marbling. It lacks axillary, thigh and calf flash marks present in other poison frogs.”

 Ameerga shihuemoy - Photo: Marcus Brent-Smith/Crees Foundation

Ameerga shihuemoy – Photo: Marcus Brent-Smith/Crees Foundation

The region that the Amarakaeri poison dart frog inhabits –literally the AMARAKAERI Communal reserve west borders coincide with TAMBO BLANQUILLO Private Reserve east borders, and this way we share with them the same type of territory, habitat, and fauna with no exceptions.
Manu National Park, The Amarakaeri Communal reserve and Tambo Blanquillo Private Reserve (the last two within the buffer zone of the Manu National Park)– is considered one of the most biodiverse on the planet, especially when it comes to herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians).

Map of Tambo Blanquillo - Private Reserve

Map of Tambo Blanquillo – Private Reserve

This outstanding discovery is just another reminder of how much is out there waiting to discovered, and why this area needs urgent protection. The area surrounding the Reserve where this frog was discovered, is under threat by illegal logging and illegal mining activities, as well as farming, ranching, and urban development. At Tambo Blanquillo we believe we can make a difference by providing local people with an alternative stable source of income, ecotourism. Since our foundation, we have hired several hundreds of local people and supported their families with all the benefits available.

 Ameerga shihuemoy - Photo: Marcus Brent-Smith/Crees Foundation

Ameerga shihuemoy – Photo: Marcus Brent-Smith/Crees Foundation

If you want to help protect this amazing rainforest for future generations, please contact us, so you can either join us for a tour or maybe volunteer with us for a few weeks.

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