Paratelmatobius gaigeae was first described by Cochran (1938) as Leptodactylus gaigeae, later as Paratelmatobius pictiventris by A. Lutz in B. Lutz and Carvalho (1958) . Later, Bokermann (1966) synonymized L. gaigeae and P. pictiventris into P. gaigeae. The following color in life description is from Pombal Jr. and Haddad (1999) whose description is based on the original watercolor of P. pictiventris (=P. gaigeae). "Dorsum and dorsal surfaces of limbs brown; black stripe on shank; whitish vertebral line and black spot visible in middle of dorsum; black spot on groin; whitish line from upper eyelid to groin; lateral dark brown stripe from eye through flank to groin; elbow black; throat red and dark gray with white dots; ventral surfaces of thigh, tibia, and foot red with white blotches and dots; ventral surfaces of arm and forearm red; belly red bordered by white blotches and dots in black background."
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Brazil
Known only from the type locality in the Serra da Bocaina, Serra do Mar range, southeastern Brazil.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Apparently referenced to have been found under leaves, but reference not found.
Bokermann, W. C. A. (1966). Lista anotada das localidades tipo de anfíbios brasileiros. Serviço de Documentação-RUSP, São Paulo, Brazil.
Cochran, D. M. (1938). ''Diagnoses of new frogs from Brazil.'' Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington , 51, 41-42.
Lutz, B., and A. L. Carvalho (1958). ''Novos anfibios anuros das serras costeiras do brasil.'' Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz, 56, 239-249.
Pombal Jr., J. P. and Haddad, C. F. B. (1999). ''Frogs of the genus Paratelmatobius (Anura: Leptodactylidae) with descriptions of two new species.'' Copeia, 1999(4), 1014-1026.
Written by Raul E. Diaz (lissamphibia AT gmail.com), AWeb guy
First submitted 2004-06-04
Edited by Tate Tunstall (2004-08-19)
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