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New Species Discovered From Cerro Chucantí

Surveys and research at Cerro Chucantí 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. Some of these species represent new records for the country of Panama, while others are completely new to science! Many of the brand new species are endemic to Cerro Chucantí, found nowhere else in the world, and many of these have already been proposed to be critically endangered (CR) because of their drastically limited ranges – often as small as 4km. Explore the list below to see what species have been discovered in the Chucantí Private Reserve so far. 

Species List
Explore the full list of species that have been observed at the Cerro Chucantí reserve.

Types of Species Discovered at Chucantí

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)