Telmatobius huayra

Telmatobius huayra (Lavilla & Ergueta, 1995)



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



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Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in its Area of Occupancy and in the number of sub-populations in the Bolivian Andes.

(1) Snout-vent length of males to 41.2 mm, females to 53.7 mm; (2) head in lateral profile moderately depressed, with slightly truncate snout; (3) snout rounded in dorsal view; (4) lips flared; (5) postcommisural gland absent or a set of small, separated glands; (6) tympanum not visible; a weak supratympanic fold; (7) forelimb of males moderately robust, with no humeral spine; (8) nuptial spicules small, closely arranged; nuptial pad covering almost the entire inner palmar tubercle; (9) foot webbing less than 1/2 of the toe lengths; plantar surface rugose but without queratinized spicules; (10) tarsal fold present; (11) dorsal skin variable, from almost smooth to covered with numerous small tubercles; (12) dorsum grayish-brown with diffuse dark blotches; (13) venter and ventral surfaces of limbs gray, with diffuse dark blotches; (14) iris greenish-beige with black flecks.

Type locality:

This species occurs in the southern Andean highlands of Bolivia, in Sud Lípez, in the southern part of the department of Potosí, at around 4,200m asl.




It is an aquatic species that lives in very scattered populations in small streams, rivers and peat bogs, in a cold desert landscape. Some populations live in thermal springs. It presumably breeds by larval development in water.


IUCN:                             Vulnerable

Bolivia Red Book:       Endangered

Water quality and habitat:

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External links:

ICUN Red List of Endangered Species

American Museum of Natural History