Eleutherodactylus mercedesae is known from two adult males reaching 40.1-49.5 mm SVL. Skin of dorsum is finely granular with ventral skin areolate. Irregular indistinct dorsolateral folds present. Tympanum is prominent and superficial, 33% diameter of eye. Snout is subacuminate in dorsal view and round in lateral profile. Canthus rostralis is sharp. Vomerine processes are large and nearly triangular, just medial and posterior to choanae. Head is equal to or wider than body. Upper eyelids with a few small tubercles. Two low to moderate postrictal tubercles are present posteroventrally to the tympanum. There are also scattered tubercles on the head (three or four on upper eyelid and one between eyes, two preinterocular and one on loreal surface, two behind eyes on a line between tympana). First finger is slightly shorter than second, fingers long with truncate tips and large pads. Lateral fringes on fingers present. Ulnar tubercles absent. Two metatarsal tubercles present, inner is oval and four times the size of the low outer. Toes have narrow lateral fringes with basal webbing. Toe tips truncate with broad pads. In life, its coloration is “medium brown dorsally with irregular, light green splotches (spots look like moss) and a few black marks; black eyestripe (canthal plus supratympanic stripe) and lip marks; limb iridescent coppery with green marks; thighs and sides of body speckled cream, green, and brownish black; ventrally pearl yellow, mottled brown; iris gold” (from field notes of M. S. Foster).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Bolivia
Found along the road to San Onofre, at a point 97.5 km from Cochabamba on Cochabamba to Villa Tunari road, Provincia Chapare, Departamento Cochabamba, Bolivia at approximately 1690 m and in Limbo, Provincia Chapare, Departamento Cochabamba, Boliva.
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Lynch, J. D., and McDiarmid, R.W. (1987). ''Two new species of Eleutherodactylus (Amphibia: Anura: Leptodactylidae) from Bolivia.'' Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 100(2), 337-346.
Originally submitted by: Raul E. Diaz (first posted 2004-08-27)
Edited by: Tate Tunstall (2004-09-01)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2004 Yunganastes mercedesae <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/3056> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jun 4, 2023.
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