Brachycephalus nodoterga
family: Brachycephalidae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Brazil


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from the type locality in the Serra da Cantareira, in São Paulo State, Brazil. There might be other localities identified soon, but resolution of its taxonomic status is still required. It is known from around 1,000m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

All specimens were collected on the forest floor of primary forest. It presumably breeds by direct development, like others in the genus, but this has not been observed.


This species can sometimes be locally common.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Habitat destruction is a major threat to this species, and the Atlantic forest in south-eastern Brazil has suffered extensive destruction and degradation due to logging and ongoing large-scale clearance for cattle pasture, and crops such as sugar cane, coffee, and exotic trees, as well as for smallholder agriculture.

Conservation Actions

Taxonomic research is needed as a conservation measure, in particular to confirm the existence of this species at other localities. Further maintenance and conservation of its habitat is also recommended. This species' range includes Parque Estadual da Serra da Cantareira.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its taxonomic validity, extent of occurrence and ecological requirements.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was resurrected from the synonymy of Brachycephalus ephippium by Heyer et al. (1990). The population to which this name has been applied by Heyer et al. (1990) does not agree with the diagnosis of B. nodoterga, and so questions remain over the taxonomic validity of this species.


Débora Silvano, Ronald Heyer, Ulisses Caramaschi 2004. Brachycephalus nodoterga. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54454A11149387. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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