Pelado Mountains False Toad
Description: T. australis is a robust, toad-like frog, with long, slender limbs. Adults attain lengths of about 40 - 77 mm in SVL (Formas 1972; Formas et al. 1979). The head is round in dorsal view, slightly wider than long, and comprises 48% of the SVL. The parotoid glands are large and oval. The pupils are vertical and the tympanum is indistinct. Individuals possess maxillary and premaxillary teeth as well as provomerine teeth. The skin on the back is smooth with various sized and shaped glands. The heel of the adpressed hind limb reaches the middle of parotoid (Formas 1972).
Tadpole morphology: The larvae are of the "mountain stream type" (Orton, 1953), and attain lengths of up to 49 mm in total length with the tail being slightly longer than body length at stage 27. The eyes are situated dorsally. The mouth is broad, as wide as maximum body width, ventrally located, and completely surrounded by 2 or 3 rows of papillae. The dorsal and ventral tail fin is most extensive on the posterior of the tail (Formas 1972). At the completion of metamorphosis, juveniles are around 35 mm SVL. (Formas et al. 2001)
Coloration: Adults have a dark grey dorsum and limbs, with two white or yellow paravertebral lines. The venter is translucent grey. Juveniles are dark green with yellow dorsal stripes. Larvae are dark brown dorsally and white ventrally (Formas 1972).
Variation: The parotoid gland of juveniles is more rounded than in adults and corneal spines are absent. (Formas 1972). Webbing of the toes may also vary (Formas and Pugin 1979).
Distribution and Habitat
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Males possess nuptial excrescences (prominent warty spines) on the dorsal side of the thumbs (Formas and Pugin 1979), a trait present in March, August, and October, and possibly year round (Formas et al. 2001). Females examined, contained an average of 99 pale yellow oocytes 8.4 mm in diameter.
Other anurans occurring within the range of T. austalis are Eupsophus emiliopugini, E. roseus, E. miguel, E. vertebralis, Batrachyla leptopus, B. taeniata, Pleurodema thaul, Alsodes sp., Rhinoderma darwinii, Insuetophrynus acarpicus, and Bufo variegates (Formas et al. 2001)
Trends and Threats
The IUCN recommends the protection of Valdivian forests (Velos et al. 2004).
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
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Formas, J.R., Núñez, J.J. and Brieva, L.M. (2001). ''Osteología, taxonomía y relaciones filogenéticas de las ranas del género Telmatobufo (Leptodactylidae).'' Revista Chilena de Historia Natural,
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Veloso, Alberto, Herman Núñez, Ramón Formas, Jose Núñez 2004. Telmatobufo australis. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.1. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 19 May 2010.
Written by Sam McNally (smcnally AT sfsu.edu), San Francisco State University
First submitted 2010-06-24
Edited by Kellie Whittaker, Mingna (Vicky) Zhuang (2012-02-16)
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