Telmatobius sanborni

Telmatobius sanborni (Schmidt, 1954)


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


Telmatobius marmoratus subspecies rugosus Vellard, 1960

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Listed as Vulnerable in view of its extent of occurrence of less than 20,000 km2, with all individuals in fewer than ten locations, and an apparent population decline.

(1) Snout-vent length of males to 66.5 mm, females to 55.2 mm; (2) head in lateral profile moderately high, with rounded snout; (3) snout rounded in dorsal view; (4) lips moderately flared; (5) postcommisural gland present, large; (6) tympanum not visible; a strong supratympanic fold; (7) forelimb of males extremely robust, with no humeral spine; (8) nuptial spicules large, moderately closely arranged; nuptial pad in contact with inner palmar tubercle; (9) foot webbing about 1/2 of toe lengths; plantar surface smooth; (10) tarsal fold weak, short; (11) dorsal skin covered with a variable amount of pustules; (12) dorsum green of grayish-green with or without black blotches;(13) venter and ventral surfaces of limbs uniformly gray, or gray with yellow mottling; (14) iris brown with black flecks.

Type locality:

The type locality of Telmatobius sanborni is Limbani (14 08’ S, 69 42’ W, 3350 masl), Department of Puno, Peru.
The species has also been found ca 6 km (airline) SW of Ollachea, 3240 m, Department of Puno, Peru, and in Bolivia, where it has only been found in the vicinity of Pelechuco, in the Cordillera de Apolobamba, western Department of La Paz (14 49’ S, 69 05’ W). The airline distance between the two most distant localities (Pelechuco and Ollachea) is around 180 km. It occurs within an altitudinal range comprised between 3100-3800 masl (De la Riva, 2005).


Bolivia, Peru.


The species lives in streams on steep Andean slopes in the upper part of cloud forests and Polylepis formations (De la Riva, 2005).


IUCN:                             Vulnerable

Bolivia Red Book:        Vulnerable

Water quality and habitat:

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External links:

ICUN Red List of Endangered Species

American Museum of Natural History