Telmatobius pinguiculus
Medanitos Water Frog
family: Telmatobiidae
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: Argentina


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from the type locality, La Ciénaga (about 27° 30'S; 67° 00'W), close to the town of Medanitos (27° 32'S; 67° 36'W), in Catamarca Province in north-western Argentina. It might range more widely and further surveys are needed in the surrounding areas. It was collected at 3,300m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is wholly aquatic, occurring in high mountain streams surrounded by montane grasslands. Breeding takes place in the streams.


It is a rare species, which has not been surveyed for since it was discovered.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The threats to it are unknown. Potential threats in the general area include the introduction of predatory fishes (trout), water pollution through mining activities, destruction of high mountain bogs (from which the streams originate) by cattle, and the alteration of watersheds. Telmatobius species living at high altitudes might be particularly prone to becoming infected with chytridiomycosis, so this is a potential future threat for this species.

Conservation Actions

It is not present in any protected areas; there are no conservation measures in place for this species.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.


Esteban Lavilla 2004. Telmatobius pinguiculus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57355A11626631. .Downloaded on 19 January 2019


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