15 Years of Research, Newly Revealed a Papuan Endemic Frog Species at the Freeport Area

goodmorningpapua.com-The discovery of a new frog species, Litoria Lubisi, at the PT Freeport Indonesia area, Mimika Regency, Papua, has been revealed after 15 years.

The disclosure of the species follows further research conducted by the Research Team of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) on the findings of the Papuan endemic frog by Australian-Indonesian researchers Stephen Richards and Burhan Tjaturadi in 2006.

The LIPI research team comprised Mumpuni, Hellen Kurniati, and Evy Arida. They confirmed that the frog they studied was a new species and had never been recorded in a taxonomic pedigree.

“The species found was Litoria Lubisi, a type of large green tree frog that is a member of the Litoria Infratrenata family,” said PT Freeport Indonesia’s Vice President, Corporate Communications, Riza Pratama, Tuesday (15/6/2021).

Litoria Lubisi has a almost unique physique because of its size tends to be large. Its length reaches 70 mm. This frog looks strong and has a more striking color than other green frogs.

Frogs living in the lowlands also have a wide mouth. The research process takes a long time, starting from several stages of identification to verification.

The findings were then recorded and published in the international journal Zoo Taxa, confirming the new species.

“One of our main challenges in this research was the fairly difficult field,” said Burhan Tjaturadi, the early reseracher of the species.

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The find was later given the name Litoria Lubisi. Lubisi’s name is taken from Dr Rusdian Lubis, who previously served as a Senior Vice President for Environment and Work Safety of PTFI

“We thank to PT Freeport Indonesia for helping us in accomplishing this research,” said Burhan.

Environmental Senior Manager of PTFI, Gesang Setyadi, said that the discovery of this new species once again demonstrates the biodiversity in PTFI’s work area.

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