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      A new species of terrestrial frog Pristimantis (Strabomantidae) from the upper basin of the Pastaza River, Ecuador

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          We describe a new species of Pristimantis from the montane forest of the Río Zuñag Ecological Reserve, upper basin of the Pastaza River, Ecuador. Pristimantis mallii sp. n. is characterized by a snout-vent length of 11.6–21.3 mm in adult males ( n = 12), 22.6–34.3 mm in adult females ( n = 8), and is compared morphologically and genetically with Pristimantis miktos and with other relevant species of Pristimantis . The new species is characterized by having skin on dorsum and flanks shagreen, distinctive scapular folds, snout broadly rounded in dorsal view, upper eyelid bearing one or two subconical tubercles and some rounded tubercles, dorsum and flanks light brown to brown, with irregular dark brown marks bounded by dirty cream and groin with irregular yellowish marks.

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          Describimos una nueva especie de Pristimantis del bosque montano de la Reserva Ecológica Río Zuñag, cuenca alta del río Pastaza, Ecuador. Pristimantis mallii sp. n es caracterizada por una longitud rostro-cloacal de 11.6–21.3 mm en machos adultos ( n = 12), 22.6–34.3 mm en hembras adultas ( n = 8), y es comparada morfológica y genéticamente con Pristimantis miktos y con otras especies relevantes de Pristimantis . La especie nueva se caracteriza por tener la piel del dorso y flancos finamente granular, pliegues escapulares distintivos, hocico redondeado en vista dorsal, párpado superior con uno dos tubérculos subcónicos y algunos redondeados, dorso y flancos café claro a café, con marcas irregulares café oscuras bordeadas de crema sucio y marcas irregulares amarillentas en las ingles.

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              Novel relationships among hyloid frogs inferred from 12S and 16S mitochondrial DNA sequences.

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                [1 ] Instituto de Zoología Terrestre & Museo de Zoología, Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ, Colegio de Ciencias Biológicas y Ambientales, Quito, Ecuador
                [2 ] Unidad de Investigación, Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INABIO), Quito, Ecuador
                [3 ] Fundación Red de Protección de Bosques ECOMINGA, Fundación Oscar Efrén Reyes, Departamento de Ambiente, Baños, Ecuador
                [4 ] Museo de Zoología, Escuela de Ciencias Biológicas, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
                [5 ] King’s College London, Department of Geography, London, UK
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                Corresponding author: Carolina Reyes-Puig ( @ )

                Academic editor: A. Crottini

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                Carolina Reyes-Puig, Juan Pablo Reyes-Puig, Daniel A. Velarde-Garcéz, Nicolás Dávalos, Emilio Mancero, María José Navarrete, Mario H. Yánez-Muñoz, Diego F. Cisneros-Heredia, Santiago R. Ron

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