Leptodactylus sertanejo
family: Leptodactylidae
Species Description: Giaretta & Costa, 2007 A redescription of Leptodactylus jolyi Sazima and Bokermann (Anura, Leptodactylidae) and the recognition of a new closely related species. Zootaxa 1608: 1-10

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  hear call (1267.9K WAV file)

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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: Brazil


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

Leptodactylus sertanejo is found at the Clube de Caça e Pesca Itororó of Uberlândia (around 19 00’00” S, 48 18’53” W, 850 masl), Municipality of Uberlândia, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil (Giaretta and Costa, 2007). It is hypothesized that populations currently allocated to Leptodactylus jolyi distributed in the Cerrado ecoregion may in fact be Leptodactylus sertanejo (Giaretta and Costa, 2007). If populations of large sized Leptodactylus historically referred to as L. jolyi are in fact conspecific with L. sertanejo, its distribution includes large areas of the Cerrado Biome, such as Serra do Cipó, Serra da Canastra and Chapada dos Veadeiros (A.A. Giaretta, pers. comm.). The elevational range is comprised between 750-850 masl (A.A. Giaretta, pers. comm.).

Habitat and Ecology

Males call from natural and artificial grassland areas, near rivulets or temporary ponds. Syntopic Leptodactylus species include L. furnarius, L. fuscus, L. labyrinthicus, and L. ocellatus. Males call under dense vegetation, from within underground chambers or exposed (Giaretta and Costa, 2007).

The reproductive season coincides with the rainy season (September-February). It is thought to reproduce like other members of the Leptodactylus fuscus group i.e. eggs laid in excavated ground chambers close to waterbodies. Clutch size is estimated to be ca 200 eggs (A.A. Giaretta, pers. comm.).


This is considered to be a common species (A.A. Giaretta, pers. comm.).

Population Trend


Major Threats

No major threats are currently known for this species (A.A. Giaretta, pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions

No conservation measures are currently known for this species.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its tolerance of habitat modification, presumed large population (assuming that all Cerrado populations correspond to this species), and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Taxonomic Notes

Leptodactylus sertanejo is distinguished from other similar species by a combination of both morphological characters and advertisement call features (Giaretta and Costa, 2007).


Ariovaldo A. Giaretta 2008. Leptodactylus sertanejo. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135788A4201460. .Downloaded on 13 December 2018


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