Restricted to a small stream near the village of Chusmisa (19 41' S, 69 13' W), 92 km NE of Huara, Iquique Province, region of Tarapaca, northern Chile, 3650 m (Formas et al., 2006).
Habitat and Ecology
Region of ocurrence has an annual mean temperature of 12.5 C, in the austral summer rainfall ranges between 50–100 mm. The type locality is a semi-desertic area, with scarce vegetation (Browningia candelaris, Verbena
gynobaris, Adesmia spinusissima and Balbisia stitchkinii). Adults were collected by hand below stones on the bottom of a slow moving stream (1 m wide, 12 C) covered with aquatic plants during the austral summer (11 March 2002). Tadpoles (Stages 28–39) were collected with a net below aquatic plants on the banks of the stream (Formas et al., 2006).
Species description is based on 9 adult frogs and 19 tadpoles collected in March 2002; no population status information is available.
No major threats are known for this species.
No conservation measures are currently known for this species.
Diagnosis of Telmatobius chusmisensis is based on external morphology and osteology of adults, external morphology of tadpoles, karyotype, chromosomal C-banded patterns and Ag-NOR (nucleolar organizer region) position (Formas et al., 2006).
Ariadne Angulo 2008. Telmatobius chusmisensis. In: IUCN 2014