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Coloration of the dorsum is brownish gray with a spotted or striped pattern. The dorsolateral folds may be the same brownish gray color, but can also have cream or dark brown pigmentation. There is a middorsal light stripe often present. Dark canthal stripe. Dark supratympanic fold. Upper lip has dark spots or bands. Chin usually unpatterned but sometimes has a dark border. Hind limbs are barred dorsally. Across the posterior thigh surface there is a distinctive longitudinal white stripe. Venter is white. Iris is gold. Vocal sacs are black (Savage 2002).
Tadpoles are medium-sized, measuring 36 mm in total length at stage 40. Mouth anteroventral, directed ventrally. Body ovoid. Eyes and nares are dorsal. Spiracle is lateral and sinistral. Vent tube is medial. Caudal fin pointed. Oral disc is small and complete. Beaks and 2/3 denticle rows are present. Above the mouth there is a broad gap in A2. Absent above the mouth, labial papillae are present mostly in two rows. Body is blotched, with darker dorsal color and lighter ventral color. Tail is spotted and blotched (Savage 2002).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
A Spanish-language species account can be found at the website of Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio).
Savage, J. M. (2002). The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica:a herpetofauna between two continents, between two seas. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, USA and London.
Solís, F., Ibáñez, R., Chaves, G., Bolaños, F., Savage, J., Jaramillo, C., Fuenmayor, Q., Estupinan, R.A., and Mijares, A. (2004) Leptodactylus poecilochilus. In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.1. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 20 July 2009.
Valerio, C.E. (1971). ''Ability of some tropical tadpoles to survive without water.'' Copeia, 1971(2), 364-365.
Written by Lettie Gallup (lettiegallup AT gmail.com), UC Berkeley
First submitted 2009-07-14
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2009-11-02)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Leptodactylus poecilochilus <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/3357> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 30, 2020.
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