From 17/08 to 03/09 I visited Guatemala, together with Bobby & Laura Bok, and Joachim Nerz. We of course wanted to see most of the iconic herp species living in Central America (Hyalinobatrachium, Triprion, Rhinophrynus, Coleonyx, Corytophanes, Bothriechis… to name a few), but were particularly interested in finding salamanders. Guatemala hosts dozens of plethodontids, included in no less than eight genera – the country is a salamander lovers’ paradise! Although we failed to find our nr. 1 target, the mysterious Nyctanolis, despite (very) intensive searches, we did manage to turn up some other rarities. In the end, we saw about 105 herp species during the course of two and a half weeks, which is not bad at all. We couldn’t have achieved this without the logistic support of Manuel Acevedo, who guided us throughout the trip. I’ll be back!
Also check out Bobby’s report and Laura’s photos!
Massive eyeshine led me to this huge Plectrohyla hartwegi
Bolitoglossa flavimembris. The species name means ‘yellow legs’. Found near San Marcos.
Bolitoglossa engelhardti, found at night in Refugio Del Quetzal.
Habitat of Bolitoglossa flavimembris, Plectrohyla matudai, Plectrohyla sagorum, Craugastor greggii and Mesaspis moreletii. Near San Marcos.
Dream come true; flipping Bolitoglossa lincolni.
Tiny Bolitoglossa xibalba
Pine-oak forest in the Cuchumatanes,, habitat of Bolitoglossa xibalba
Large female Bolitoglossa flavimembris also found at night at Refugio Del Quetzal.
Bolitoglossa franklini lives in bromeliads, while B. lincolni occurs on the ground. Clearly, this franklini wasn’t too happy to leave its home…
Our first (and only proper) hotel in the Cuchamatanes. Turning on the shower might cause the ones in other rooms to start running, too…
Hotel del Cucaracha according to mr. Bok. The place certainly lived up to its name.
The roads in the interior Cuchamatanes were terrible due to heavy rains, which washed all the dirt away – we were basically driving on a dry riverbed. This was about as far as our 4×4 got, so we arranged local transport to get us deeper into the mountains.
High altitude habitat in the Cuchumatanes. Besides Bolitoglossa rostrata we found Incilius bocourti, Mesaspis moreletii, Mesaspis cuchamatana, Sceloporus cf. smaragdinus and Cerrophidion godmani here.
Bolitoglossa nympha from the Sierra Caral.
Alien, aka Agalychnis moreletii.
Rain forest habitat of Nyctanolis pernix, which we sadly didn’t find, Bradytriton silus, Bolitoglossa xibalba and a bunch of other species.
Bolitoglossa rufescens hanging around at Laguna Lachua.
Bolitoglossa mexicana, Sierra Caral.
Bolitoglossa rostrata occurs in quite open habitats, which sets it apart from most other salamander species.
There goes our luggage…