Telmatobius yuracare (De La Riva, 1994)
Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Telmatobiidae > Genus: Telmatobius > Species: Telmatobius yuracare
Sehuencas Water Frog
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, it is known from fewer than ten locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Bolivian Andes.
(1) Snout-vent length of males to 57.6 mm, females to 46.0 mm; (2) head in lateral profile low, with short, rounded snout; (3) snout subacuminate in dorsal view; (4) lips not flared; (5) postcommisural gland present; (6) tympanum not visible; a short supratympanic fold; (7) forelimb of males robust, with a protruding humeral spine; (8) nuptial spicules small, closely arranged; nuptial pad partially covering inner palmar tubercle; (9) foot fully webbed; plantar surface smooth; (10) tarsal fold present; (11) dorsal skin smooth or with small flat pustules; baggy skin on posterior surface of thighs; (12) dorsum grayish-brown, greenish-brown or beige with dark irregular blotches; (13) venter and ventral surfaces of limbs orange or yellow with or without brown blotches; (14) iris greenish-brown with minute yellow flecks.
This species occurs in the eastern Andes of Bolivia, between Chapare Province, in the department of Cochabamba, and Caballero Province, in the department of Santa Cruz, at 2,000-3,000m asl (De la Riva 1994).
It is an aquatic species that can be observed on the bottom of small streams or rivers, and in ponds, in montane cloud forest and Yungas forest. It presumably breeds in water by larval development. It is not known from exposed areas outside forest.
Bolivia Red Book: Endangered
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