A member of the ocellata group with the following combination of characters: 1) vomerine teeth present, 2) bones light green in life, 3) dorsal color in life is light green with many fine black specks, with a higher concentration on the limbs, 4) ulnar and tarsal folds absent, 5) humeral spine absent. Adults attain a medium size; females reach 29.7mm SVL and 26.0-31.1mm SVL in males. Head wider than body and wider than long (head width is 31.5-34.9% SVL); distance between nostril and anterior part of eye is 47.6-80.0% the diameter of the eye, diameter of the eye is 36.7-49.4% the length of the head. Hind limbs slim. Length of tibia is 52.9-64.4% SVL; when hind limb is adpressed anteriorly, the ankle reaches the anterior portion of the eye.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Colombia
Known from the west side of the Cordillera Occidental of Colombia in the department of Antioquia at elevations between 2490m. Type locality is at the departamento of Antioquia, county of Urrao, vereda El Chuscal, quebradas Las Juntas and La Nevera, 2390-2490 m.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Adults found on vegetation approximately 1.50m in the border of breaks; eggs contain a brown embryo and yolk is cream colored.
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Ruiz-Carranza, P.M. and Lynch, J.D. (1995). ''Ranas Centrolenidae de Colombia VI: Cuatro nuevas especies de Cochranella de la Cordillera Occidental.'' Lozania, (63), 1-15.
Written by Raul E. Diaz (lissamphibia AT gmail.com), Assistant/student
First submitted 2002-12-22
Edited by Raul E. Diaz (2003-01-05)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2003 Nymphargus cristinae <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/1761> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 6, 2020.
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