Telmatobius gigas

Telmatobius gigas (Vellard, 1969)

 

Telmatobius-gigas-female

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Telmatobiidae > Genus: Telmatobius > Species: Telmatobius gigas

Synonym:

None

English names:

None

Diagnosis:

Listed as Critically Endangered because its Area of Occupancy is probably less than 10km2, all individuals are in a single sub-population, and the quality of its habitat in the Brazilian Andes is declining.

(1) Snout-vent length of males to 60.4 mm, females to 109 mm; (2) head in lateral profile moderately depressed, with snout sloping; (3) snout slightly subacuminate in dorsal view; (4) lips flared; (5) postcommisural gland absent;
(6) tympanum not visible; a weak supratympanic fold; (7) forelimb of male normal, without humeral spine; (8) nuptial spicules small, closely arranged; nuptial pad covering a large portion of inner palmar tubercle; (9) webbing less than 1/2 of toe lengths; plantar surface smooth; (10) tarsal fold weak, short; (11) dorsal skin moderately rugose with small, round pustules; skin baggy on posterior surface of thighs; (12) dorsum brown or greenish-brown, with a variable pattern of dark blotches or small flecks; (13) venter, throat, and ventral surfaces of limbs beige, with gray mottling; (14) iris golden or bronze, with minute black flecks.

Type locality:

This species is known only from the canyon of the Río Huayllamarca, in Carangas Province, Oruro Department, in the Bolivian Andes, at around 3,965m asl.

Distribution:

Bolivia

Ecology:

It lives in streams in high-elevation puna grassland habitats, where it presumably breeds by larval development.

Conservation:

IUCN:                              Critically Endangered

Bolivian Red Book:      Critically Endangered

Water quality and habitat:

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External links:

ICUN Red List of Endangered Species

American Museum of Natural History

Images:

http://www.arkive.org/water-frog/telmatobius-gigas/