Nannophryne variegata
family: Bufonidae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Argentina, Chile


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is endemic to austral forests of Chile (western slopes of the Andes from 39°S to 51°S) and Argentina, from Shangrila (37°S) to 53°S in the Fuegian Archipelago. This species is the southernmost amphibian in the world, together with Batrachyla antartandica. Its elevational range is between 0-2,000m asl (northern Patagonia, Argentina).

Habitat and Ecology

Its habitat is in temperate to cold humid forests, bogs, and magallanic tundra. Occurs in marshes, under logs in the Nothofagus forest region as well as tundra surrounded by low stature Nothofagus forest in the subantartic region. Reproduces in shallow temporary pools and swamps. Tolerates some disturbance.


It is a locally abundant species. Reported to be abundant in 2002 on Isla Wellington, Chile. In Argentina it is more common in the south of the country.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Not threatened over the majority of its range. Habitat destruction and degradation (native forest loss) is a localized threat.

Conservation Actions

A number of protected areas (more than 10) are present along the entire latitudinal range of Nannophryne variegata. Species is listed as "Insufficiently Known" (Inadecuadamente Conocida) by Chile (Reglamento de la Ley de Caza, Chile, 1998) for VIII, IX and X Regions. National legislation to preserve the native Nothofagus forest is necessary for Chile.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Taxonomic Notes

More than one species might be involved under this name. Further study is required.


Carmen Úbeda, Alberto Veloso, Herman Núñez, Néstor Basso, Boris Blotto 2010. Nannophryne variegata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T54790A11192107. .Downloaded on 21 January 2019


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