Introducing: Philautus nepenthophilus, a new species of pitcher-plant breeding bush frog published by Chien Lee and his colleagues just a few weeks ago!
"This remarkable frog is so far confirmed from just a single mountain in the interior of Borneo where it is found in close association with the rare endemic pitcher plant Nepenthes mollis. The frogs not only lay their eggs inside the pitchers, but also spend a great deal of their life in and around them as well; males call from pitchers and dive into the fluid inside to retreat from danger. This may represent a new instance of pitcher plant-animal mutualisms: the frog obtaining an exclusive water-filled domicile and the plant receiving nutrients from the frog’s droppings, egg fragments, etc. Further research is certainly needed to understand the full scope of their relationship, but this is nevertheless another example of the wondrous diversity of Borneo’s rainforests."
The name nepenthophilus is composed of two words which refer to the close ecological relationship of this species to the carnivorous plant Nepenthes mollis. “Nepentho” stands for Nepenthes and “philus” is derived from the ancient Greek word “φίλος” [phílos] that means “which is loved or important.”