Noblella myrmecoides can be differentiated by the following combination of characters: broader toe pads ending in distinct papillae; lacking supernumerary plantar tubercles; having brown and cream reticulation on venter and in having a cream dorsal ground color and brown face and anterior flanks; ear present, inner tarsal tubercle present; fifth toe not shortened; snout truncate (Lynch 1976; Heyer 1977; Lynch 1986).
In life, N. myrmecoides’ dorsal surface is reddish-tan with dark brown chevrons connected along the midline. A cream stripe may be present in the middle of the dorsum. The sides of the head and flanks are black, and the ventral surface is grey with white spots. The iris is bronze and contains black flecks (Lynch 1976; Rodríguez and Duellman 1994).
In preservative, N. myrmecoides has a grey to cream dorsum with indefinite brown markings (chevrons, interorbital bar, etc.). There is also a pale interocular band anterior to brown interorbital bar. Limbs weakly barred. Throat brown with small white spots. Ventral coloration is cream with brown marbling. Undersides of tarsus and foot are brown (Lynch 1976).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Noblella myrmecoides is synonymous with Euparkerella myrmecoides (Lynch) and Phyllonastes myrmecoides (de la Riva et al. 2008).
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Lynch, J. D. (1976). ''Two new species of frogs of the genus Euparkerella (Amphibia: Leptodactylidae) from Ecuador and Peru.'' Herpetologica, 32, 48-53.
Lynch, J. D. (1986). ''New species of minute leptodactylid frogs from the Andes of Ecuador and Peru.'' Journal of Herpetology , 20(3), 423-431.
Rodríguez, L. O., and Duellman, W. E. (1994). Guide to the Frogs of the Iquitos region, Amazonian Perú. The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
de la Riva, I., Chaparro, J.C., Padial, J.M. (2008). ''The taxonomic status of Phyllonastes Heyer and Phrynopus peruvianus (Noble)(Lissamphibia, Anura): resurrection of Noblella Barbour.'' Zootaxa, 1685, 67–68.
Originally submitted by: Raul E. Diaz, Aditi Dubey (first posted 2004-08-27)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker, updated Ann T. Chang (2021-03-18)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2021 Noblella myrmecoides <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/2675> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 5, 2021.
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