Occurs throughout northeastern Brazil, in the states of Maranhao, Rio Grande do Norte, Ceara, Bahia, and Minas Gerais. This species is found up to 750 m above sea level. It prefers savannah (Caatinga and Cerrado) and dunes (IUCN 2006).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors This frog is fossorial, spending most of its time below ground or buried in sand. Breeding is explosive and occurs in temporary pools, with rapid larval development. Pleurodema diplolister constructs foam nests in the water (IUCN 2006).
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
Intensified agriculture or grazing
The video by Dr. Walter Hödl below shows calling behavior of the burrowing frog Pleurodema diplolister.
The video by Dr. Walter Hödl below shows calling behavior and foam-nest construction of the burrowing frog Pleurodema diplolister.
Written by Kellie Whittaker (biologist AT earthlink.net), UC Berkeley First submitted 2008-04-17 Edited by Kellie Whittaker, Michelle Koo (2019-05-05)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2019 Pleurodema diplolister: Peters’ Four-eyed Frog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/3427> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 24, 2019.