Species Description: Baldisera,Caramaschi & Haddad,2004 Arquivos do Museu Nacional,Rio de Janeiro 62(3): 255-282
© 2009 Mario Sacramento (1 of 5)
The color in life varies, but almost all the specimens display a brown or whitish dorsal stripe, from the tip of the head to the cloaca. The dorsal surface is granulated, and its color varies from dark to light brown, and reddish in life. Dark gray stripes on limbs, varying from complete to a faint pattern. A yellow blotch (whitish in preserved specimens) appears on the posterior surface of the thighs, and yellow marks near the cloaca (Baldissera Jr. et al. 2004).
Distribution and Habitat
The species is distributed along the Atlantic Rain Forest and in its transitional areas with the Cerrado, in the Minas Gerais State, Brazil. It is found from 700-1,500 m above sea level. Bufo pombali lives on leaf litter inside woodlands, under rocks near small rivulets when resting (pers. obs.) and in open areas, such as grasslands and rice fields with Poaceae and Cyperaceae (Baldissera Jr, et al. 2004).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The tadpole remains formally undescribed, but resembles those from the B. crucifer species group (see picture by Mario A. Sacramento on Calphotos). Eterovick (2000) carried out field experiments on the feeding ecology of B. pombali tadpoles and pointed out that there was a difference in the number and volume of food items eaten by aggregated vs. isolated tadpoles. This result was mainly related to the amount of cyanophytes and heterotrophic organisms, which can result in differences in growth rate; aggregated tadpoles may thus have some advantage in food ingestion (Eterovick 2000).
The general population biology is unknown but the species is locally abundant throughout its range (Feio et al. 1998; Feio and Ferreira 2005; pers. obs.). Abundance increases between September and March (Sacramento 2004).
Trends and Threats
Bufo pombali can apparently withstand some habitat modification, and seems to be able to live even in areas near man-made facilities (pers. obs.).
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
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Eterovick, P. C., and Barata, I. M. (2006). ''Distribution of tadpoles within and among Brazilian streams: the influence of predators, habitat size and heterogeneity.'' Herpetologica, 62, 365-377.
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Feio, R. N., and Ferreira, P. L. (2005). ''Anfíbios de dois fragmentos de Mata Atlântica no municipio de Rio Novo, Minas Gerais.'' Revista Brasileira de Zoociências, 7, 121-128.
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Originally submitted by: Diogo Borges Provete and Mario Antonio Sacramento (first posted 2008-07-30)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2009-01-20)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Rhinella pombali: sapo-cururu <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/6616> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 7, 2021.
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