New Species

Preliminary field surveys of Cerro Chucantí by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the University of Panama, and biologists from around the World continue to reveal the presence of unique fauna and flora, some of which are new records for the country of Panama, and several of which are undescribed species New to Science. Already a new species of spider, a few insects, and a couple of new plant species have been discovered at this site.

In 2014 a new species of Salamander (Bolitoglossa chucantiensis) was described and published.

In 2016 a new species of Tink frog (Diasporus majeensis) was described and published . In 2017 a new Centipede Snake (Tantilla berguidoi) was discovered in Chucantí. Because of the extremely restricted distribution of these two species, which are only found around the ridge top of Cerro Chucanti, they are both proposed to be Critically Endangered based on IUCN Criteria.

So far we have acknowledged the presence of at least 7 new amphibian taxa and two reptiles pending description.

Panamanian botanist Rodolfo Flores and collaborators published an article in February 2017  describing a new Heliconia (Heliconia berguidoi) through a fellowship from the Smithsonian. In the last few months he has submitted formal description of two new plant species from Chucantí (Lauraceae, Rubiaceae), with support from the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Another botanist, Orlando Ortiz and collaborators have recently described two new Araceae species from Cerro Chucantí: Anthurium chucantiensis and Anthurium annularum both considered Critically Endangered.

Dr. Thomas Croat, world authority from the Missouri Bot. Garden recently reviewed other specimens from Chucanti and estimates that there are at least six other New Araceae from this pristine Cloudforest.