This species is known only from the Chaco of Argentina (Corrientes [one uncertain record], Chaco, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero, and Formosa provinces) and Paraguay. It occurs at 50-100m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in shrubland habitats, lays eggs in temporary pools and is an explosive breeder. It can also be found in disturbed areas such as livestock farms.
It is a common species.
There are no known threats to this species. It is found in the international pet trade but this is not currently believed to be a threat to the species overall.
This species occurs in several protected areas in both Paraguay and Argentina. More research into the species' distribution and the effects of the pet trade is needed.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Lucy Aquino, Axel Kwet, Diego Baldo, Jorge Céspedez 2004. Melanophryniscus klappenbachi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54822A11209703. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T54822A11209703.en .Downloaded on 20 January 2019