New species of toad discovered in Cao Bang

Saturday, 2020-03-28 11:38:40
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The newly discovered spadefoot toad found in Cao Bang Province, Vietnam. (Photo: Pham The Cuong)
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NDO – A new species of Megophrys toad has been discovered in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang, thanks to efforts from Vietnamese and German scientists.

Accordingly, a team of experts from Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Vietnam National Museum of Nature, Hanoi National University of Education and Cologne Zoo (Germany) have announced the discovery of the Cao Bang Spadefoot Toad (Vietnamese name: “Coc mat Cao Bang”).

With its scientific name Megophrys caobangensis, the new species was announced in Zootaxa scientific journal in January 2020 with standard samples of this species collected in Phia Oac-Phia Den National Park in Cao Bang.

The new species differs from other in Megophrys in terms of morphological and genetic differences when comparing mitochondrial gene sequences.

It is also the sixth new species of Megophrys found in Vietnam in the last five years. Most of the new species in this genus were discovered in Vietnam's evergreen alpine forest ecosystems, such as the Hoang Lien Mountains, the Central Highlands and the border areas between Vietnam and China.

The discovery of the new species is expected to contribute to Vietnam's conservation efforts and biodiversity research.