Telmatobius chusmisensis
family: Telmatobiidae
Species Description: Cuevas and Nunez. 2006. A new species of Telmatobius (Anura: Leptodactylidae) from northern Chile. Herpetologica 62(2).
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: Chile


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

Restricted to a small stream near the village of Chusmisa (19 41' S, 69 13' W), 92 km NE of Huara, Iquique Province, region of Tarapaca, northern Chile, 3650 m (Formas et al., 2006).

Habitat and Ecology

Region of ocurrence has an annual mean temperature of 12.5 C, in the austral summer rainfall ranges between 50–100 mm. The type locality is a semi-desertic area, with scarce vegetation (Browningia candelaris, Verbena
gynobaris, Adesmia spinusissima and Balbisia stitchkinii). Adults were collected by hand below stones on the bottom of a slow moving stream (1 m wide, 12 C) covered with aquatic plants during the austral summer (11 March 2002). Tadpoles (Stages 28–39) were collected with a net below aquatic plants on the banks of the stream (Formas et al., 2006).


Species description is based on 9 adult frogs and 19 tadpoles collected in March 2002; no population status information is available.

Population Trend


Major Threats

No major threats are known for this species.

Conservation Actions

No conservation measures are currently known for this species.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.

Taxonomic Notes

Diagnosis of Telmatobius chusmisensis is based on external morphology and osteology of adults, external morphology of tadpoles, karyotype, chromosomal C-banded patterns and Ag-NOR (nucleolar organizer region) position (Formas et al., 2006).


Ariadne Angulo 2008. Telmatobius chusmisensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135744A4195831. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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