This species occurs in the Amazonian drainage systems of the Andes, from central Peru to southern Bolivia, at altitudes of 1,500-4,230m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is present in primary, secondary and disturbed cloud and montane forest in the valleys of the central Andes. Taxa assigned to G. marsupiata also commonly occur in most types of regional agricultural areas and flooded areas. Breeding takes place in stagnant and slow flowing waters. It has a degree of tolerance to water pollution.
It is locally common.
The threats to this complex species are difficult to determine. Forest populations might be threatened by deforestation and agricultural activities. The species might be in small-scale international trade, although there is often confusion between this species and G. peruana or G. riobambae.
In Peru, it might occur in Huayllay and Ampay National Sanctuaries, Junin National Reserve, Chacamarca Historical Sanctuary and Apurimac Reserved Zone. In Bolivia, it occurs in Carrasco National Park, Cotapata National Park, Pilon Lajas National Park and the Tariquia protected area. Further research into this species is needed.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
This form is a complex of several species. G. piperata was recently separated out by Duellman and Köhler (2005). This genus has recently been moved from the family Hylidae (Faivovich et al. 2005).
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