AmphibiaWeb - Nymphargus chami


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Nymphargus chami (Ruiz-Carranza & Lynch, 1995)
family: Centrolenidae
subfamily: Centroleninae
genus: Nymphargus
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Near Threatened (NT)
National Status None
Regional Status None


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A member of the ocellata group with the following combination of characters: 1) vomerine dentition present, 2) bones green in life, 3) parietal peritoneum white, 4) dorsal color in life is green with many white tubercles, 5) snout truncated when viewed dorsally, truncated and sloped anteroventrally when viewed laterally, 6) ulnar and tarsal tubercles absent, 7) tympanum is ¾ visible Adults attain a large size; females reach 37.6mm SVL, males reach 30.5-34.6mm SVL. Head a lot wider than body and wider than long; head width is 36.1-39.1% SVL. Distance from nostril to anterior portion of eye is 58.7-71.4% diameter of eye. Length of tibia is 60.1-63.0% SVL. When hind limbs are adpressed anteriorly, the ankles pass the most anterior portion of the snout.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Colombia

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Known from the western side of the Cordillera occidental of Colombia in the departments of Antioquia and Risaralda between 800 and 1280m. The type locality was at the departament of Risaralda, county of Mistrató, Puerto de Oro, western slopes of the Cordillera Occidental, 5° 25´ latitude N, 76° 0´ W of Greenwich, 1060-1140 m.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Adults found on vegetation bordering gaps. Female was found to contain eggs (yolk cream colored) and oviducts were very thick and contorted.

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

General habitat alteration and loss


Ruiz-Carranza, P.M. and Lynch, J.D. (1995). ''Ranas Centrolenidae de Colombia VI: Cuatro nuevas especies de Cochranella de la Cordillera Occidental.'' Lozania, (63), 1-15.

Originally submitted by: Raul E. Diaz (first posted 2002-12-22)
Edited by: Raul E. Diaz (2003-01-05)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2003 Nymphargus chami <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 21, 2024.

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