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Leptodactylus rhodomerus
Red-thighed thin-toed frog, Rã-de-dedos-delgados-de-coxas-vermelhas, Rana dededos delgados de muslos rojos
family: Leptodactylidae
Taxonomic Notes: This is a taxon of dubious validity.
 
Species Description: Heyer WR 2005 Variation and taxonomic clarification of the large species of the Leptodactylus pentadactylus species group (Amphibia: Leptodactylidae) from Middle America, Northern South America, and Amazonia. Arquivos de Zoologia 37:269-348.

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Colombia, Ecuador

 

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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

This little-known species is limited to the wettest areas of the Colombian Choco and adjacent forests of Ecuador (Heyer 2005; Diego Cisneros-Heredia pers. comm. 2007). The species is largely restricted to the Pacific lowlands and western Andean foothills (Diego Cisneros-Heredia pers. comm. 2007). It formerly ranged as far south as the Province of Pichincha in Ecuador (Diego Cisneros-Heredia pers. comm. 2007).

Habitat and Ecology

This species is associated with the Colombian Choco and adjacent tropical moist forests of Ecuador (Heyer 2005). Populations can persist in modified or disturbed areas containing some forest patches, but are absent highly altered areas, such as agricultural monocultures or grasslands/pasture (Diego Cisneros-Heredia pers. comm. 2007). The breeding strategy includes the use of large holes, inforest, close to streams (Diego Cisneros-Heredia pers. comm. 2007).

Population

It is fairly common in primary forest habitats, being found at lower densities in seondary habitats (Diego Cisneros-Heredia pers. comm. 2007).

Population Trend

Unknown

Major Threats

In Ecuador, the species is threatened by general deforestation and fragmentation, and to a lesser degree the pollution of rivers and other waterbodies (Diego Cisneros-Heredia pers. comm. 2007). It is harvested in parts of its range, with additional research needed to determine whether this constitutes a significant threat to the species (Diego Cisneros-Heredia pers. comm. 2007).

Conservation Actions

It probably occurs in a number of protected areas throughout its range, including, for instance, the Awa Reserve and Cotacachi-Cayapas in Ecuador (Diego Cisneros-Heredia pers. comm. 2007).

Taxonomic Notes

Formerly included within Leptodactylus pentadactylus; recently separated by Heyer (2005).

Citation

Ronald Heyer and Diego Cisneros-Heredia 2008. Leptodactylus rhodomerus. In: IUCN 2014

 

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