Physalaemus nattereri 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Leptodactylidae

Scientific Name: Physalaemus nattereri Steindachner, 1863
Common Name(s):
English Cuyaba Dwarf Frog
Eupemphix nattereri Steindachner, 1863
Physalaemus nattereri (Steindachner, 1863)
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:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Lucy Aquino, Steffen Reichle, Débora Silvano, Norman Scott
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs widely in central and southeastern Brazil, the eastern Santa Cruz lowlands of Bolivia, eastern Paraguay and the alto-Paraguay area. In spite of assertions by Cei (1980) and Asociación Herpetológica Argentina (2000), the species probably does not occur in Argentina. Its altitudinal range is from 0-1,500m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Paraguay
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Population [top]

Population:It is a common species.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a typical fossorial and seasonal frog, well adapted to a semi-arid continental climate. It inhabits savannah and grassland habitats in the Cerrado biome, and occurs on the ground near standing and temporary waterbodies, such as ponds and swamps, where it also breeds. It does not adapt well to anthropogenic disturbance.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The spread of intensive agriculture in the Cerrado biome is presumably affecting local populations of this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas.

Citation: Lucy Aquino, Steffen Reichle, Débora Silvano, Norman Scott. 2004. Physalaemus nattereri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57267A11597340. . Downloaded on 20 August 2018.
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