AmphibiaWeb - Sachatamia albomaculata


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Sachatamia albomaculata (Taylor, 1949)
Yellow-flecked Cascade Glassfrog White-spotted glassfrog, Rana de Cristal de Cascada, Rana de cristal de puntos blancos
family: Centrolenidae
subfamily: Centroleninae
genus: Sachatamia
Sachatamia albomaculata
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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None
conservation needs Access Conservation Needs Assessment Report .


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Sachatamia albomaculata adult males range from 20.5 to 29 mm in size, while the females reach 22 to 32 mm (Savage 2002). Ground coloration is bluish green, with many light yellow to silver spots on low bumps on the dorsal surfaces (Savage 2002). There is a white stripe on the upper lip and along the margins of the lower limbs. (Savage 2002). The sides of the neck are spotted, while the underside of the limbs is whitish (Savage 2002). Ventrally, these frogs are translucent, and their digestive system is visible (Guyer and Donnelly 2005). A white parietal peritoneal sheath is present, but it does not extend very far posteriorly (Savage 2002). The pericardium is covered by a guanine sheath (Guyer and Donnelly 2005). The bones are green, and are visible when viewed from the dorsal side (Guyer and Donnelly 2005).

The head is as wide as it is long, and rounded when viewed dorsally (Savage 2002). The snout is rounded in profile (Savage 2002). Eyes are large, with gray-gold irises and black reticula, and the pupils are horizontal (Savage 2002). The dorsal skin is granular, with widely scattered bumps (Savage 2002). There is a fleshy fold on the forearm, along the posterior lower edge (Savage 2002). Finger and toe disks are present and truncate (Savage 2002). The outer fingers are webbed, and the toes are moderately webbed (Savage 2002). Males have white nuptial pads on the thumbs (Savage 2002).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama

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These frogs can be found on the Caribbean slopes from Honduras to Costa Rica and on the Pacific slopes from Costa Rica to Colombia (Guyer and Donnelly 2005). They inhabit humid lowlands and premontane slopes from 20-1500 m (Savage 2002). They have also been found living on old cacao plantations, far from flowing water (Guyer and Donnelly 2005).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
These frogs are nocturnal. During the mating season, males emit calls consisting of a single short “dik”, which may be repeated after intervals (Savage 2002). Calls are made at night, from low vegetation near rapidly-moving streams (Savage 2002). As with other glass frogs, this species is likely to make nests on leaves above water (Guyer and Donnelly 2005). The eggs are black-and white (Savage 2002). The adult diet most likely consists of small arthropods (Guyer and Donnelly 2005).

Trends and Threats
These frogs are moderately common (Savage, 2002).

Their appearance mostly resembles Fleishmann's Glassfrog and the Powdered Glassfrog. Fleishmann's Glassfrog is lighter in color than the Yellow-flecked Glassfrog and has white bones, while the Powdered Glassfrog has larger spots (Guyer and Donnelly, 2005).

The karyotype is 2N=20 (Duellman 1967).

A Spanish-language species account can be found at the website of Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio).


Duellman, W. E. (1967). ''Additional studies of chromosomes of anuran amphibians.'' Systematic Zoology, 16(1), 38-43.

Guyer, C., and Donnelly, M. A. (2005). Amphibians and Reptiles of La Selva, Costa Rica and the Caribbean Slope: A Comprehensive Guide. University of California Press, Berkeley.

Savage, J. M. (2002). The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica:a herpetofauna between two continents, between two seas. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, USA and London.

Originally submitted by: Peera Chantasirivisal (first posted 2005-12-06)
Edited by: Keith Lui (2011-10-05)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2011 Sachatamia albomaculata: Yellow-flecked Cascade Glassfrog White-spotted glassfrog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jun 25, 2024.

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