Earless African pygmy toad discovered on remote mountain in Angola


  • Researchers have found a new species of African pygmy toad in Serra da Neve Inselberg, an isolated mountain and Angola’s second-highest peak.
  • The new species, formally named Poyntonophrynus pachnodes, or the Serra da Neve pygmy toad, lacks both external and internal parts of the ear that help frogs hear.
  • While earless toads aren’t rare, this is the first time a Poyntonophrynus species has been reported without ears.

In 2016, a group of researchers set out to explore Serra da Neve Inselberg, an isolated mountain and Angola’s second-highest peak, in search of frogs and toads. Now, they have described a new and unusual species of African pygmy toad that they chanced upon during their expedition.

The new species, formally named Poyntonophrynus pachnodes, or the Serra da…

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