This species is endemic to the austral forest of Chile and Argentina; it is distributed from Mehuin (39° 25’S) to the Virtudes Islands (51° 31’S). Its altitudinal range is from 50-1,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It can be found in very humid temperate to cold forests, bogs and wetlands surrounded by forests, shores of ponds, and lakes surrounded with swamps. Adults of this species also climb at Nothofagus trees. Eggs are laid on the ground under logs or moss. After rain, these areas are flooded and the tadpoles develop in flood water. The species can occur in lightly modified habitats such as rural gardens.
It is locally distributed and abundant in some localities. It was last seen in 2003.
Destruction and degradation of native forests (deforestation, fires and land use) are a major threat.
More than ten protected areas are present within the range of this species in Chile and Argentina. National legislation to preserve Nothofagus forest at all latitudes is needed.
Carmen Úbeda, Alberto Veloso, Herman Núñez, Helen Díaz-Paéz, Esteban Lavilla, Néstor Basso 2010. Batrachyla antartandica. In: IUCN 2013