Sachatamia punctulata has the following characteristics: 1) vomerine dentition present, 2) bones light green in life, 3) parietal peritoneum on the anterior ½ is white and the posterior ½ is transparent, 3) dorsally green with orange speckling homogenously distributed among the head and body, 5) snout is subovoid when viewed dorsally and truncated when viewed laterally, 6) tarsal and ulnar folds absent, 7) tympanum is large, of which 2/3 are visible due to the upper 1/3 covered by the supratympanic fold, 8) humeral spine absent. Most closely resembles C. flavopunctata and C. midas in color and pattern, but has a more rounded snout and orange spots.
Adults are medium sized, males reach 24.5-27.3mm SVL, and females reach 31.6mm SVL. Head slightly wider than body (33.76-36.7% of SVL). Distance from nostril to anterior portion of eye is 61.8-80.6% diameter of eye. Tympanum diameter is 30.3-41.9% diameter of eye, length of tibia is 55.6-63.5% SVL. When the hind limb is adpressed anteriorly, the ankle reaches the tip of the snout. When hind limbs adpressed anteriorly and arms adpressed posteriorly the knees and elbows overlap significantly.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Colombia
It is known from the border of the Cordillera Central of Colombia in the departments of Antioquia, Caldas, and Tolima between 620 and 930m altitude. Type locality is at the departament of Antioquia, county of Cocorná, vereda and quebrada `La Granja', km 93, highway Medellín, Bogotá, eastern slope of the Cordillera Central of Colombia, 6° 3´ latitude N, 75° 11´ W of Greenwich
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Adults were found on ferns and rocks, one of the females contained creame colored eggs of various sizes.
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Ruiz-Carranza, P.M. and Lynch, J.D. (1995). ''Ranas Centrolenidae de Colombia V: Cuatro nuevas especies de Cochranella de la Cordillera Central.'' Lozania, (62), 1-24.
Written by Raul E. Diaz (lissamphibia AT gmail.com), Assistant/student
First submitted 2002-12-22
Edited by Keith Lui (2009-06-24)
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