This species occurs in the Gran Chaco of Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina, from 0-300m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial species of open habitats that breeds in temporary ponds. It probably does not adapt well to anthropogenic disturbance.
It is common in parts of Paraguay and Bolivia but is rare in Argentina due to over-harvesting for the international pet trade.
Over-harvesting for the international pet trade is a major threat. It is collected in Paraguay and Argentina, and each adult is worth $300-$600.
It does occur in several protected areas, but monitoring of its population status is needed, and there is a need to ensure that harvesting of this species from the wild is managed in a sustainable manner.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because this species is in significant decline (but probably at a rate of less than 30% over ten years) because it is being over-harvested for food, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Claudia Cortez, Steffen Reichle, Lucy Aquino, Ismael di Tada 2004. Leptodactylus laticeps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57138A11590112. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57138A11590112.en .Downloaded on 17 January 2019