A new Limnonectes (Anura: Dicroglossidae) from southern Laos

25 Jan 2018 Authors:  Somphouthone Phimmachak, Niane Sivongxay, Sengvilay Seateun, Siriporn Yodthong, Attapol Rujirawan, Thy Neang, Anchalee Aowphol, Bryan L Stuart
Phimmachak et al. 2018

A new species of "fanged frog" in the genus Limnonectes resembling L. kohchangae (Smith, 1922) from southeastern Thailand and southwestern Cambodia is described from upper elevations of the Bolaven Plateau, southern Laos. However, the new species, L. coffeatus sp. nov., is not resolved to be the closest relative of L. kohchangae, and is further distinguished from this taxon by differences in skin texture and coloration. The new species is potentially threatened by the extensive conversion of forests into coffee plantations on the Bolaven Plateau.