Leptodactylus pentadactylus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Leptodactylidae

Scientific Name: Leptodactylus pentadactylus (Laurenti, 1768)
Common Name(s):
English South American Bullfrog, Slender-fingered Bladder Frog, Smoky Jungle Frog
Spanish Rana Ahumada de la Jungla, Sapo-toro Comun
Cystignathus pentadactylus (Laurenti, 1768)
Doryphoros gigas (Spix, 1824)
Gnathophysa gigas (Spix, 1824)
Leptodactylus goliath Jiménez de la Espada, 1875
Leptodactylus macroblepharus Miranda-Ribeiro, 1926
Leptodactylus pentadactylus ssp. dengleri Melin, 1941
Leptodactylus pentadactylus ssp. rubidoides Andersson, 1945
Rana coriacea Spix, 1824
Rana gigas Spix, 1824
Rana pachypus ssp. bilineata Mayer, 1835
Rana pentadactyla Laurenti, 1768
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: Central American populations of Leptodactylus formerly allocated to L. pentadactylus are now recognised as the distinct species L. savagei (Heyer, 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Heyer, R., Azevedo-Ramos, C., Coloma, L.A. & Ron, S.R.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S., Cox, N.A. & Young, B.E.
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.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is widely distributed in the Amazon forest. It ranges from southern Colombia, eastern Ecuador and eastern Peru in the west of its range, into northern Bolivia, much of central and parts of norther Brazil, with records from French Guiana.
Countries occurrence:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; French Guiana; Peru
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Population [top]

Population:This is an abundant species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a nocturnal, terrestrial frog found in leaf-litter in primary, secondary, and seasonally flooded tropical rainforests. It has also been found in more open areas and in seasonally flooded forest. Reproduction takes place in temporary waterbodies; tadpoles are carnivorous and cannibalistic. Eggs are found in foam nest and tadpoles are usually found in lentic water (though in some places the larvae are terrestrial).
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is eaten locally in Costa Rica and Colombia. In Costa Rica several attempts have been made to produce it commercially for export.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no threats. It might be locally threatened in Colombia by consumption by Amerindian people. 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: Many populations are protected within protected areas. No direct conservation measures are currently needed for this species as a whole.

Citation: Heyer, R., Azevedo-Ramos, C., Coloma, L.A. & Ron, S.R. 2008. Leptodactylus pentadactylus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T57154A11593184. . Downloaded on 22 June 2018.
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