Brachycephalus pernix Pombal, Wistuba & Bornschein, 1998
|Species Description: Pombal JP, Jr, Wistuba E, and Bornschein MR. 1998. A new species of brachycephalid (Anura) from the Atlantic rain forest of Brazil. Journal of Herpetology 32: 70–74.|
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Brazil
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Frogs are famous for being accomplished leapers. In addition to their take-off, nearly all frogs control their trajectory through the air and the eventual landing. However, Essner et al. (2022) found that this is not true for the tiniest of frogs where size limitations have performance consequences. They demonstrate the small pumpkin toadlets (genus Brachycephalus) from Brazil do not control their posture after take-off, resulting in sometimes wildly uncontrolled landings. The authors hypothesize that the extremely tiny semicircular canals— the smallest yet recorded for an adult vertebrate— result in low sensitivity making it difficult for the frogs to sense their position as they move through the air. (David C. Blackburn)
Bornschein, M. R., Pie, M. R., Teixeira, L. (2019). "Conservation status of Brachycephalus toadlets (Anura: Brachycephalidae) from the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest.” Diversity, 11(150), 1-29. doi: 10.3390/d11090150 [link]
Pombal, J. P., Jr., Wistuba, E. M., and Bornschein, M. R. (1998). ''A new species of brachycephalid (Anura) from the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil.'' Journal of Herpetology, 32(1), 70-74.
Originally submitted by: Raul E. Diaz (first posted 2004-06-03)
Description by: Michelle S. Koo (updated 2022-07-24)
Trends and threats by: Michelle S. Koo (updated 2022-07-24)
Comments by: Michelle S. Koo (updated 2022-07-24)
Edited by: Tate Tunstall, Michelle S. Koo (2022-07-24)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2022 Brachycephalus pernix <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/5421> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 30, 2023.
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