Litoria raniformis comprises two subspecies

We analysed mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences to assess divergence in Litoria raniformis from across its current range in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. This study led us to assign sub-species status to the two divergent lineages, L. r. raniformis for the northern lineage and L. r. major for the southern lineage.

6th issue of the WCH Newsletter is out

The 2/2022 WCH Newsletter has been published! Besides amazing articles about herpetofauna and other herp activities in Sarawak, Borneo, host State of the WCH10 in 2024, the issue contains interviews with Rick Shine and Ox Lennon, plus herp news around the world. Don’t miss to read it!

Global Women in Herpetology

I am proud to represent Hungary in this amazing project called Global Women in Herpetology. 50 women from 50 countries give an ars poetica reflecting their culture and background.

Redescription of Ichthyosaura (Triturus) alpestris bakonyiensis from western Hungary

In a recent article we analysed the genetic diversity of the alpine newt in the Carpathian Basin. The results suggested that the western populations (Őrség and Bakony areas) represent a different mitochondrial lineage from the North Hungarian Mountain populations (Mátra, Bükk, Zemplén). We proposed these populations to be referred as Inchthyosaura alpestris bakonyiensis (Dely, 1964).

New frog species (Pristimantis lojanus) from Loja, Ecuador

In collaboration with colleagues from the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, using an integrative taxonomy approach (combining molecular, morphological and bioacoustic data) we described a new Pristimantis species from the city of Loja, southern Ecuador.
The species is called Pristimantis lojanus (Loja rain frog, Cutín de Loja).
It is a medium-size species of the P. oxocephalus group, and is known only from the city of Loja and its surroundings.

Future statements for conservation

A bunch of researchers from Hungary identified fourteen priority research topics that should be targeted by stakeholders, primarily policy makers and funders to focus research capacity to these topics.

Slow worm distribution in Europe

The distribution and biogeography of the five species of slow-worm lizards (Anguis) was summarized in a recent study by a collaboration of herpetologists across the continent.