Telmatobius timens

Telmatobius timens (De la Riva, Aparicio & Ríos, 2005)



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



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Listed as Critically Endangered because of a drastic population decline, estimated to be around 80% (impacting four of the five threat-defined locations) and taking place 7-12 years ago, inferred from the apparent disappearance of most of the Acjanaco subpopulation and declines in Qurqurpampa, Nuevo Oriente and Lorohuachana subpopulations in Peru.

(1) Snout-vent length of males to 61.0 mm, females to 58.3 mm; (2) head in lateral profile high, with short, rounded
snout; (3) snout rounded in dorsal view; (4) lips not flared; (5) postcommisural gland present; (6) tympanum not visible; a short supratympanic fold; (7) forelimb of males robust, without a humeral spine; (8) nuptial spicules moderately large, not too closely arranged; nuptial pad barely contacting inner palmar tubercle; (9) foot from 2/3 to fully webbed; plantar surface smooth; (10) tarsal fold poorly marked or absent; (11) dorsal skin with scattered flat pustules; (12) dorsum gray, with dark gray dots; (13) venter gray; ventral surfaces of limbs orange or yellow with
brown blotches; (14) iris brown.

Type locality:

This species is known from the following geographical localities between 3,350-3,750 m asl: Valle de Tojoloque, Franz Tamayo Province, La Paz department, western Bolivia (De la Riva et al. 2005); at least four streams on the north slope of Abra Acjanaco pass, 27 km north-north-east (by road) of Paucartambo, in Cusco (A. Catenazzi pers. comm. February 2014); Manu National Park’s Qurqurpampa station, Cusco; and Lorohuachana, Santuario Nacional Megantoni, province of La Convención, also in Cusco, southeast Peru


Bolivia, Peru


It is known from humid puna, elfin forest and scrubland edges (A. Catenazzi pers. comm. January 2011), and has also been reported from Polylepis forests [R. Gutiérrez pers. comm. on iNaturalist observation (Accessed: September 9, 2013)]. At Acjanaco it also occurs in the upper limits of cloud forest. Individuals have been found at night in a small pool, 50 cm deep, on rocks in a stream, and in puna on rocks, in crevices, on the ground, and in moss adjacent to streams. Reproduction is by larval development in streams.


IUCN:                              Critically Endangered

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