AmphibiaWeb - Noblella lochites


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Noblella lochites (Lynch, 1976)
family: Strabomantidae
genus: Noblella
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Near Threatened (NT)
National Status None
Regional Status None
conservation needs Access Conservation Needs Assessment Report .


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Phyllonastes lochites is differentiated by the following combination of characters: digit tips are pointed and lack papillae at digit tips; dull gray venter; dorsum, side of head, and anterior flanks colored gray to brown; inner tarsal tubercle present; complete ear (tympanic annulus, cavum tympanicum, and plectrum present), truncate snout, and no shortened fifth toe. P. lochites, whose SVL reaches 14.9 mm, has a head which is as wide as body and slightly wider than long. Snout short, eye to nostril distance is less than eye length. Temporal region swollen. No supratympanic fold, ear separated from eye by distance equal to tympanum length. Prevomerine teeth and odontophores absent. Skin of dorsum finely shagreened with a few moderate-sized warts on flanks. A single subarticular tubercle on finger IV. Tips of digits lack pads or discs and are somewhat swollen and pointed. Relative finger lengths are: (IIV) Coloration in preservative: Dorsal gray coloration with rusty-reddish brown stripe down center of back. Two black suprainguinal spots. Labial bars obscure with an obscure brown spot anterior to eye. Dark brown stripe on anterior edge of upper arm and a similar stripe on inner edge of forearm.

P. lochites was first described as Euparkarella lochites by Lynch (1976) but later synonymized by Heyer (1977) and Lynch (1986).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Ecuador

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Only known from the type locality in the Cordillera del Condor in Ecuador.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Holotype had large yellow ovarian eggs and was collected during the day in the leaf litter in a cloud forest.

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

General habitat alteration and loss


Heyer, W. R. (1977). ''Taxonomic notes on frogs from the Madeira and Purus rivers, Brasil.'' Papeis Avulsos de Zoologia, 31, 141-162.

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.

Originally submitted by: Raul E. Diaz (first posted 2004-08-27)
Edited by: Tate Tunstall (2004-09-01)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2004 Noblella lochites <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jun 19, 2024.

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