Telmatobius hintoni (Parker, 1940)
Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Telmatobiidae > Genus: Telmatobius > Species: Telmatobius hintoni
Telmatobius marmoratus hintoni, Vellard, 1951
Telmatobius hintoni, De la Riva, 2005
Previously considered to be a subspecies of Telmatobius marmoratus, Telmatobius hintoni was elevated to species category by De la Riva (2005) based on morphological and colour differences.
In addition to the holotype, the type series of T. hintoni is comprised of three specimens from Calacoto, La Paz, but these specimens are not conspecific with the holotype, and they were correctly identified as T. marmoratuis by Vellard (De la Riva, 2005).
(1) Snout-vent length of males to 69.8 mm, females to 80.6 mm; (2) head in lateral view depressed, with slightly subacuminate snout; (3) snout slightly subacuminate in dorsal view; (4) lips flared; (5) postcommisural gland present or absent; (6) tympanum not visible; a weak supratympanic fold; (7) forelimb of male normal, with no humeral spine; (8) minute nuptial spicules, closely arranged; nuptial pad covering a large portion of inner palmar tubercle; (9) foot webbed only 1/3 of the length of toes; plantar surface rarely smooth, usually bearing minute queratinized spicules; (10) tarsal fold present; (11) dorsal skin slightly rugose, often covered with small queratinized spicules; (12) dorsum brown or grayish-brown with or without diffuse dark blotches; (13) venter cream, ventral surfaces of limbs beige, yellow, or orange; (14) iris golden or greenish-beige with black flecks.
The type locality is Tolota (= Tolata), Jordán Province, Department of Cochabamba, Bolivia, 17 32’ S, 65 55’ W. The species can also be found in the high valleys of the departments of Cochabamba and northern Potosí, 2700-4400 masl. The most distant localities are ca 300 km apart (airline) (De la Riva, 2005).
Telmatobius hintoni occurs in streams and pools in the high valleys of the departments of Cochabamba and northern Potosí (De la Riva, 2005). It occupies dry valleys and puna ecosystems (I. De la Riva, pers. comm. 2008). It is a completely aquatic species inhabiting permanent streams and temporary pools associated to permanent streams (I. De la Riva, pers. comm. 2008).
IUCN: VU (Vulnerable)
Bolivia Red Book: Vulnerable
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