Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 26th, 2008
Above: The newly described Limnonectes megastomais McLeod, 2008. Photographed at SERS in central east Thailand. John C. Murphy. On the right the fang-like odontoid processes are clearly visible in the lower jaw.
A new species of dicroglossid frog in the genus Limnonectes has been described from three forested locations in eastern Thailand by D. S. McLeod of the University of Kansas.
The species appears to be a sit and wait predator that feeds on insects, other frogs, and birds.
The author writes, “The most striking characteristics of the males of this species are their exceptionally large mouths and powerful jaws. It would not be inappropriate to describe this frog as an enormous mouth with a body attached to it.”
The full reference for this paper is: McLeod, D. S. 2008. “A new species of big-headed, fanged dicroglossine frog (Genus Limnonectes) from Thailand.” Zootaxa 1807: 26–46.
For a large images and more details, travel over to “A New, Fanged, Big-Headed Frog From Thailand” at JCM Natural History.
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