New Species

Species Discovered at Cerro Chucantí

Surveys and research being conducted by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), the University of Panama, and biologists from around the world continue to reveal the presence of unique flora and fauna at Cerro Chucantí. This uniqueness is represented in a variety of ways – we have encountered range extensions for native Panamá wildlife, country records and other rare sightings – but we are continuously shocked by the number of species at Chucantí that were previously unknown to science.

Many of these brand new species are endemic to Cerro Chucantí, meaning that they are found nowhere else in the world, and have already been proposed to be critically endangered (CR) because of their drastically limited ranges. Species living in the cloud forest found near Chucantí’s peak are particularly isolated as there are only about 2.5 square miles of cloud forest in the entire Majé mountain range.

Explore the list below to learn more about the new species discovered in the Cerro Chucantí Private Reserve so far!

Year DescribedEndemicCommon Name(s)Scientific NameIUCN StatusPhotoDescribing Paper
2003OrchidChysis violacea
2010Trapdoor SpiderStrophaeus sebastiani
2013Longhorn BeetleTessaropa elizabeth
2013Longhorn BeetleAnelaphus cordiforme
2014XChucantí SalamanderBolitoglossa chucantiensis
2016XMajé Dink FrogDiasporus majeensis
2016XChucantí Centipede SnakeTantilla berguidoiCritically Endangered (CR)
2016XAnthuriumAnthurium annularumCritically Endangered (CR)
2016XAnthuriumAnthurium chucantienseCritically Endangered (CR)
2017XBerguido's HeliconiaHeliconia berguidoiCritically Endangered (CR)
2017Daytime FireflyPhotinus interdius
2017HarvesterQuindina kuna
2018XNotopleura sallydavidsoniaeCritically Endangered (CR)