Leptodactylus fuscus
family: Leptodactylidae

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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, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from the Pacific lowlands of Panama from the Azuero Peninsula to central Panama, throughout South America, east of the Andes, south to southern Brazil, Bolivia, and northern Argentina. It is distributed over much of Trinidad and Tobago (including Little Tobago Island). It occurs up to 1,700m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

This is a terrestrial and nocturnal frog found in open country, savannahs, grasslands, marshy areas, degraded forests and urban habitats. Males of this species start calling at the onset of the very first rains. Breeding takes place in small burrows in shallow temporary wetlands and the edges of permanent lagoons. The eggs of the species are laid in foam nests within the burrows, when the burrows flood the larvae escape into the adjacent wetlands where the tadpoles then develop. It is an adaptable species that can survive in modified habitats.


It is common throughout much of its range, although it is generally not a common species in Panama.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in many protected areas in South America, but none in Panama.

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.

Taxonomic Notes

This form is probably a complex of more than one species.


Robert Reynolds, Ulisses Caramaschi, Abraham Mijares, Andrés Acosta-Galvis, Ronald Heyer, Esteban Lavilla, Jerry Hardy 2004. Leptodactylus fuscus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57129A11588348. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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