Pleurodema brachyops 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Leptodactylidae

Scientific Name: Pleurodema brachyops (Cope, 1869)
Common Name(s):
English Colombian Four-eyed Frog
Spanish Sapito Lipon
Lystris brachyops Cope, 1869
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: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-11-03
Assessor(s): Enrique La Marca, Frank Solís, Roberto Ibáñez, César Jaramillo, Querube Fuenmayor, Robert Reynolds, Miguel Trefaut Rodrigues, Abraham Mijares, Ross MacCulloch
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, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species ranges from Guyana and northern Brazil (Roraima State), through Venezuela (including Isla Margarita) and eastern and northern Colombia into the Pacific lowlands of Panama from Azuero to central Panama. It is native in Aruba, but introduced in Curaçao, Klein Bonaire and Bonaire. Its range does not reach French Guyana (cf. Lescure and Marty 2001), and there are no records from Suriname. It occurs up to 500m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Aruba; Brazil; Colombia; Guyana; Panama; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba; Curaçao
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):500
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It lives in open grasslands and savannahs, often in relatively dry areas. The species uses ephemeral or permanent small water pools for breeding, but can also be found far from the water. At the onset of the first rains, these frogs emerge from sandy soils where they hide during the dry season. They make foam nests in water. It is a very adaptable species to human-induced change of its habitat.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats, since it is a very adaptable species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from several protected areas.

Citation: Enrique La Marca, Frank Solís, Roberto Ibáñez, César Jaramillo, Querube Fuenmayor, Robert Reynolds, Miguel Trefaut Rodrigues, Abraham Mijares, Ross MacCulloch. 2010. Pleurodema brachyops. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T57283A11599287. . Downloaded on 22 September 2018.
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