On the 15 th June the Identidad Madidi expedition began field activities in Madidi protected area in the savannas and gallery forests of Apolo and established the first research camp close to Machariapo river. The expedition team is composed of 18 people: vertebrate specialists (mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish), invertebrates, botany, geography, photography and communications.
In the first day of sampling two new records for the park was obtained. On the one hand an andean sucker-mouth cat fish (Astroblepus sp.), bringing the list of fish to 193 species; and on the other hand a Hypsiboas marianitae tree frog that raises the number of amphibians to 118. The start of the expedition could not be more auspicious.