Species Description: Lynch, J.D. 1986. New species of minute leptodactylid frogs from the Andes of Ecuador and Peru. Journal of Herpetology: 423-431.
Head is narrower than body, slightly wider than long; tip of snout extends farther anteriorly than anterior edge of upper jaw. Loreal region slopes abruptly to lips; supratympanic fold thick, glandular, and not prominent. The tympanum is concealed partially or entirely beneath the skin, separated from eye by distance equal to 66% tympanum length. No vomerine odontophores or teeth. Forearm lacks ulnar tubercles; one palmar tubercle present and is larger than over thenar tubercle. Supernumerary palmar tubercleas present at the bases of fingers II-IV. No discs or fringes on fingers. Two metatarsal tubercles, both prominent and subconical, inner slightly larger and slightly longer than wide; toes lack lateral fringes and webbing. Snout subovoid when viewed dorsally and round in lateral view. Canthus rostralis evident but not sharp nor pronounced. Loreal region flat with a minute tubercle on each upper eylied (whose width is 68.4-93.8% IOD). Anteroventral one-half of tympanum visible through skin, vocal sac distended on posterior one-half of throat and on chest. Skin on throat smooth, that on venter areolate although individual granulations not distinct; skin on shanks shagreened with larger round warts superimposed; no trace of dorsolateral folds; palmar tubercle subtriangular in out line and subarticular tubercles subconical, round, distal one on IV scarcely evident. Digital tips not expanded. First finger shorter than second.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Ecuador, Peru
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Lynch, J. D. (1986). ''New species of minute leptodactylid frogs from the Andes of Ecuador and Peru.'' Journal of Herpetology , 20(3), 423-431.
Written by Raul E. Diaz (lissamphibia AT gmail.com), AWeb Team
First submitted 2004-08-27
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2007-12-01)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2007 Psychrophrynella bagrecito <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/6295> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jun 25, 2017.
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