Ischnocnema penaxavantinho
family: Brachycephalidae
Species Description: Giaretta AA, Toffoli D, Oliveira LE 2007 A new species of Ischnocnema (Anura: Eleutherodactylinae) from open areas of the Cerrado Biome in southeastern Brazil. Zootaxa 1666:43-51.

© 2011 Ariovaldo Giaretta (1 of 1)

  hear call (60.9K WAV file)

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Brazil



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

Ischnocnema penaxavantinho is known from the type locality: Estação Ecológica do Panga (Panga), (19 11’ S; 48 24’ W, ca. 800 masl), municipality of Uberlândia, and Perdizes (Estação de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento Ambiental Galheiro; about 19 12’ S, 47 10’ W; 700–1000 masl; 2840 ha), another municipality in the Triângulo Mineiro region, both in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Both localities are ca 130 km apart (Giaretta et al., 2007).

Habitat and Ecology

The vegetation at the type locality (Panga) includes several Cerrado physiognomies, including “Veredas” (a vegetation dominated by grass-like plants, with dispersed bushes and Mauritia flexuosa palms) and a riverine forest running along the Panga River (2 m wide). Human altered areas are covered by the exotic grass Brachiaria sp.. The local weather presents a hot and wet summer (Sep.–Mar.), and a cold and dry winter (Apr.–Aug), when frosts may occur. Males were heard calling on the ground or perched (up to 60 cm height) amidst dense tufts of natural grass-like herbs in Veredas or on Brachiaria sp. Up to 200 m from permanently wet soil. Rarely, when fires cleared open areas from
grasses, males were heard also from within forests or forest borders. Calling activity was observed between October and March, being most intense in the afternoon and first hours of the night (Giaretta et al., 2007).


No population status information is currently available for this species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Natural wildfires may comprise a potential threat to this species.

Conservation Actions

The species is known to occur within the realm of two research stations.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.

Taxonomic Notes

Ischnocnema penaxavantinho is diagnosed on the basis of adult morphology, advertisement call, and ecology (Giaretta et al., 2007).


Ariovaldo A. Giaretta 2008. Ischnocnema penaxavantinho. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136108A4238205. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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