Lepidobatrachus llanensis
family: Ceratophryidae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Argentina



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from La Rioja, Formosa, Cordoba, Salta, Catamarca, Santiago del Estero, and Chaco provinces, Argentina, and also from adjacent Paraguay (Departamento Alto Paraguay). It occurs up to 300m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

This is an aquatic species that inhabits dry scrubland and semi-arid areas. They breed in temporary pools and water tanks on cattle farms. During the dry season they burrow underground and wait for rain before emerging again. They have a very short breeding season and the tadpoles develop rapidly.


It is an uncommon species throughout its range.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is threatened in Argentina by the destruction of Chaco habitat for agriculture and wood extraction, land and water pollution caused by agrochemical runoff.

Conservation Actions

Its range includes Parque Nacional Defensores del Chaco in Paraguay. In Argentina, occurs in the Chaco, Río Pilcomayo, and Copo National Parks, the Los Colorados Private Reserve, and the Teuquito Multiple Use Reserve. More research into the species' distribution, ecological requirements and population status is needed.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.


Lucy Aquino, Ismael di Tada, Esteban Lavilla 2004. Lepidobatrachus llanensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57112A11581665. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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