Species Description: Wollenberg KC, Andreone F, Glaw F, Vences M 2008 Pretty in pink: a new treefrog species of the genus Boophis from north-eastern Madagascar. Zootaxa 1684:58-68.
Dorsally, this frog is translucent green, with a dorsolateral metallic-cream white line. Pink spots accompany the dorsolateral white line and extend posteriorly from the snout tip, converging at the urostyle. On the top of the head, the supraorbital reddish-brown to pink spots merge into a single Y-shaped blotch in the middle. Irregular pink spots and blotches are also scattered on the dorsum, flanks, knees, and upper limbs, occasionally accompanied by metallic-cream white marks. The iris has an outer yellow and inner purple area. Toes and finger discs are green. A blue hue was observed on the thighs and posterior dorsum of specimens from Marojejy National Park, as well as a thin brownish-pink dorsolateral line reaching each nostril.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Madagascar
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Molecular analysis of the mitochondrial 16S rRNA gene suggests B. ulftunni appears to be most closely related to the B. microtympanum group, but is itself a distinct evolutionary lineage. While B. ulftunni shows strong phenotypic similarities (reddish-pink dorsal blotches, a Y-shaped head blotch, and translucent green body color) to the B. rappiodes group, B. ulftunni is smaller and does not have transparent ventral skin, and pairwise genetic distances between the two groups are too high to consider them sister taxa.
The single specimen from Marojejy National Park showed pairwise genetic divergence of 5% with the type specimen of B. ulftunni, as well as morphological differences from the holotype in webbing formula, having nostrils closer to the eye, increased pink spotting, and blue coloration on the thighs and posterior dorsum. Therefore, it is possible that, as it currently stands, B. ulftunni represents more than one species.
Wollenberg, K. C., Andreone, F., Glaw, F., and Vences, M. (2008). ''Pretty in pink: A new treefrog species of the genus Boophis from north-eastern Madagascar.'' Zootaxa, 1684, 58-68.
Written by Matan Shelomi (mshelomi AT fas.harvard.edu), Harvard University
First submitted 2008-04-23
Edited by Kellie L. Whittaker, Ph.D. (2008-05-17)
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