TL - Only a single specimen of the splendid web-footed salamander (Bolitoglossa splendida) has ever been seen. It was found in the remote mountains of Costa Rica, reachable only by several days’ hiking. Eduardo Boza-Oviedo, of the University of Costa Rica, San Pedro, led the discovery. DNA sequencing analysis confirmed it as a new species.
TR - Bolitoglossa guaneae hails from the Cordillera Oriental mountains in Colombia. It was named for the native Guanes people, who have inhabited the same region since 600 B.C. (and were nearly decimated by the Spanish in 1586). It was discovered by Andrés Acosta-Galvis and Doris Gutiérrez-Lamus of the National University of Colombia. (photo: Andrés Acosta-Galvis)
B - Bolitoglossa aureogularis, was also discovered by Eduardo Boza-Oviedo and colleagues, in the Cordillera de Talamanca mountain range in Costa Rica. The species was found among the roots and leaves of bromeliad plants. (photo: Eduardo Boza-Oviedo)