By Luis Castillo and César Aguilar, Grupo RANA and Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos

The Amable Maria Frog (Telmatobius brachydactylus) is a semiaquatic amphibian species endemic to the excessive Andes of the central area in Peru, occurring at altitudes between 4000 and 4600 m. In line with the IUCN, the species is at present categorized as globally Endangered (EN) as a result of habitat discount and loss, and its use within the conventional medication.

In August 2017, a Bioblitz was carried out within the Junin Nationwide Reserve in Peru by ASA companion Grupo RANA. On that event, a tadpole of T. brachydactylus was present in a gravel stream of shallow depth and low water circulate with considerable aquatic vegetation. Curiously, the tadpole was reported for the primary time in syntopy with tadpoles of the Lake Junin Big Frog (T. macrostomus).

Motivated by that encounter, we determined to explain the tadpole of T. brachydactylus. Since we didn’t accumulate the person who we discovered within the wild, we used museum specimens collected in 1988. The outline of the tadpole was revealed by Luis Castillo (Grupo RANA) and César Aguilar (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos) within the Revista Peruana de Biología. You could find the publication right here.

Photograph © Rogger Moreno