Pipa myersi Trueb 1984
Myer's Surinam Toad
This is the only pipid present in Panama and has very rarely been observed.
Species description based on Trueb (1984).
An aquatic frog with a unique flattened body, stout arms and legs, small head, and pointed snout (females to 42 mm).
The dorsal surface is dark grey. The skin of the dorsum is covered in small bumps.
The ventral surface is dingy yellow.
The iris is light bronzy brown with black specks.
The body is rather flat (Trueb 1984). The tail sits quite high on the body of the tadpole (Trueb 1984). The tadpole is dark grey above and greyish-white below (Trueb 1984). See Trueb (1984) for excellent illustrations of the tadpole.
Metamorphs are dark grey with a silvery white ventral surface (Trueb 1984).
Taxonomy and systematics
Old Norse myrr = bog or swamp French myre = keeper of the swamp also named for Charles W. Myers, who collected some of the type specimens
7 km above the mouth of the Río Ucurgantí, Provincia Darién, Panama, 30 m
Habitat and distribution
HabitatLowland swamp forest to 30 m elevation.
This species has only been found in Panama, but may occur in adjacent Colombia.
Distrubution map (IUCN)
Heatwole, HF. 1963. The frog genus Pipa in Panama. Copeia 1963: 436-437.
Ibáñez, R, F Solís, C Jaramillo, and AS Rand. 2000. An overwiew of the herpetology of Panama. In: Johnson, JD, RG Webb, and OA Flores-Villela. Eds. Mesoamerican Herpetology: Systematics, Zoogeography and Conservation. The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas.
Trueb, L. 1984. Description of a new species of Pipa (Anura: Pipidae) from Panama. Herpetologica 40(3): 225-234.