AmphibiaWeb - Nymphargus luminosus


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Nymphargus luminosus (Ruiz-Carranza & Lynch, 1995)
family: Centrolenidae
subfamily: Centroleninae
genus: Nymphargus
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Endangered (EN)
National Status None
Regional Status None


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A member of the ocellata group with the following combination of characters: 1) vomerine dentition present, 2) bones light green in life, 3) dorsal coloration is green with many yellow spots homogeneously distributed over the head and body, 4) dorsal skin finely granular and small subconical tubercles, many very small wrinkles, 5) ulnar and tarsal folds absent, 6) humeral spine absent, 7) tympanum small and oval Adults attain a medium size; females reach 32.7mm SVL, males reach 27.8-30.0mm SVL. Head much wider than body, wider than long; head width is 30.7-35.3% SVL. Distance from the nostril to the anterior portion of the eye is 46.5-71.4% diameter of the eye; diameter of eye is 40.7-53.7% length of head; tympanum is 19.5-28.9% diameter of the eye. Length of tibia is 55.7-64.3% SVL; when hind limbs adpressed anteriorly, the ankle easily passes the most anterior portion of the snout.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Colombia

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Known from the western side of the Cordillera Occidental of Colombia in the department of Antioquia between 1140 and 1430m. The type locality is at the departament of Antioquia, county of Frontino, corregimiento Nutibara, Km 27 highway Nutibara to Blanquita, western slope of the Cordillera Occidental, 6° 48´ latitude N, 76° 18´ W of Greenwich, 1140 m

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Adults found on vegetation in breaks in the forest from 1-2m above the ground; eggs are 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.

Originally submitted by: Raul E. Diaz (first posted 2002-12-22)
Edited by: Raul E. Diaz (2003-01-05)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2003 Nymphargus luminosus <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 25, 2024.

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