Leptodactylus silvanimbus McCranie, Wilson & Porras, 1980
Tadpoles measure 42-53 mm in total length. The bodies are brownish gray and tails are clear with brown dots (Heyer et al. 2002).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Honduras
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The call of L. silvanimbus is a single note ranging from 0.15-0.17 seconds. It fluctuates in frequency slightly, from 420 Hz at the beginning of the call, to 1920 Hz as the call continues, although these modulations are not discernable to the human ear. About 23 calls are made per minute (Heyer et al. 2002).
Larvae of Leptodactylus silvanimbus are members of the lentic, benthic guild (Altig and Johnston 1989).
Trends and Threats
Leptodactylus silvanimbus was named for the habitat in which it was originally found. In Latin, "silva" means "forest," and "nimbus" means "cloud" (McCranie et al. 1980). Frank and Ramus (1995) proposed "Honduras white-lipped frog" as a common name for L. silvanimbus, but the lack of light coloring on the lip of this species resulted in the rejection of this name (Heyer et al. 2002).
Altig, R., and Johnston, G. F. (1989). ''Guilds of anuran larvae; relationships among developmental modes, morphologies, and habitats.'' Herbetological Monographs, (3), 81-109.
Frank, N. and Ramus, E. (1995). A Complete Guide to Scientific and Common Names of Reptiles and Amphibians of the World. NG Publishing Inc., Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
Heyer, W. R., de Sa, R. O., and Muller, S. (2002). ''Leptodactylus silvanimbus.'' Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, 743.1-743.3.
McCranie, J. R., Wilson, L. D., and Porras, L. (1980). ''A new species of Leptodactylus from the cloud forests of Honduras.'' Journal of Herpetology, (14), 361-367.
Originally submitted by: Elizabeth Reisman (first posted 2003-10-06)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2009-05-02)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Leptodactylus silvanimbus <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/3365> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 31, 2023.
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