Rhinella pygmaea 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Bufonidae

Scientific Name: Rhinella pygmaea (Myers and Carvalho, 1952)
Bufo pygmaeus Myers and Carvalho, 1952
Rhinella pygmaeus Myers & Carvalho, 1952
Taxonomic Notes: This species has often been considered a subspecies of Rhinella granulosa (e.g. Gallardo (1965)). C├ęspedez (2000) separated R. pygmaea into two species: R. pygmaea of coastal Brazil and R. bergi in the interior of the continent.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Sergio Potsch de Carvalho-e-Silva, Ana Maria Telles
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, it is common and adaptable with a presumed large population, and it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from Rio de Janeiro State in coastal Brazil. It occurs at very low elevations, from sea level up to only about 50m asl.
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Population [top]

Population:It is a very common species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
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Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species lives underground then emerges to breed around standing waterbodies in restinga (shrubland) vegetation and forest. It breeds in shallow temporary rain pools. It is an explosive breeder. It can also occur in urban gardens where rain puddles develop.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss due to infrastructure development is a threat, although it is able to live in gardens where there are rain pools. It is sometimes found in the international pet trade but at levels that do not currently constitute a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The range of the species includes several protected areas. More research into the species' Extent of Occurrence is needed.

Citation: Sergio Potsch de Carvalho-e-Silva, Ana Maria Telles. 2004. Rhinella pygmaea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54740A11197530. . Downloaded on 18 November 2017.
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