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New Korean treefrog species!

Delighted to introduce you to a newly described species, the Yellow-bellied treefrog (Dryophytes flaviventris)! This research is a collaborative effort between researchers of R Korea, DPR Korea and PR China, and it also corrects the relationship between D. immaculatus and D. suweonensis. The three species have diverged about a million years ago and are different based on genomic data, call properties and morphometrics.

D flaviventris graphical abstract
The three treefrogs species from the D. immaculatus group around the Yellow Sea
D flaviventris holotype
An amplexus of the newly described Dryophytes flaviventris

New publication!

New paper in collaboration with the Lab of Animal Communication from Ewha Woman’s University, with Siti N. Othman as 1st author! Congratulations!

We determined that divergence time and ancestral range of Duttaphrynus melanostictus were strongly influenced by the Mid-Pleistocene Revolution, resulting in three segregated clades in the Eastern Indo-Malayan realm. We provide possible patterns of past dispersal pathways for the species on the East and Southeast Asian mainland, and highlight the association between dispersion on the Southern Sundaic and Wallacea with prehistoric humans migrations. Humans are also likely to have helped the species disperse to Taiwan again in recent times.

SD Othman_D melano_July 2020