Elachistocleis araios Sánchez-Nivicela, Peloso, Urgilés, Yánez-Muñoz, Sagredo, Páez, and Ron, 2020

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Gastrophryninae > Genus: Elachistocleis > Species: Elachistocleis araios

Elachistocleis araios Sánchez-Nivicela, Peloso, Urgilés, Yánez-Muñoz, Sagredo, Páez, and Ron, 2020, Zootaxa, 4779: 329. Holotype: QCAZ 56485, by original designation. Type locality: "La Independencia, 3.0583° S, 79.7171° W (WGS84), 308 m a.s.l., Ponce Enriquez canton, Azuay province, Ecuador". 

English Names

None noted. 

Distribution

Known only from two localities in the lowlands of Azuay (La Independencia, Ponce Enriquez Canton, 308 m elevation) and Guayas (cooperative 23 de Noviembre,, Naranjal Canton, 57 m elevation) provinces of Ecuador. 

Comment

The species, the only one found west of the Andes, is the sister taxon of the remaining species of Elachistocleis according to the original publication. Jowers, Othman, Borzée, Rivas-Fuenmayor, Sánchez-Ramírez, Auguste, Downie, Read, and Murphy, 2021, Organisms Divers. Evol., 21: 194, confirmed the phylogeneetic placement of this species. 

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