Leptodactylus mystaceus
family: Leptodactylidae

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Anfibios del Ecuador

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: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from Colombia, Venezuela, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, northeastern and central Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. It does not occur as far south as Paraguay (Heyer, 1978). It occurs up to 1,000m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It inhabits primary and secondary tropical rainforests, forest edge, and savannah enclaves in forest, flooded and open environments. It lives on the ground around temporary ponds and other waterbodies. The males construct basins in muddy areas that are flooded by heavy rains. Eggs are laid in foam nests, and the tadpoles develop in lentic water. It is adaptable to human modification of its habitat.


It is a fairly common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There are no major threats to this widespread and adaptable species. Fire, clear cutting, logging, infrastructure development and agricultural expansion might impact local populations.

Conservation Actions

Its range includes several protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


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

Taxonomic Notes

The frogs identified as Leptodactylus mystaceus in Paraguay are actually L. elenae. Heyer (1983) synonymized Leptodactylus amazonicus Heyer, 1978 with this species.


Ronald Heyer, Miguel Trefaut Rodrigues 2010. Leptodactylus mystaceus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T57146A11591629.


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