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Gastrotheca nicefori Gaige 1933

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
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Common name

Niceforo's Marsupial Frog

Identification

Adult

Species description based on Duellman (2001). A large treefrog with rather short limbs (males to 73 mm, females to 82 mm).

Dorsal

The dorsal surface is light brown. The sides are darker than the upper dorsal surface. Coloration may be lighter during the day.

Ventral

The ventral surface appears light grey or greyish brown.

Concealed surfaces

The inner surfaces of the limbs are dark brown.

Eye

The eye is grey or greyish-brown.

Extremities

The webbing between the fingers and toes is not extensive. The finger and toe discs are quite large.

Life history

Tadpole

This species is presumed to undergo direct development (Duellman 2001).

Ecology behavior and evolution

Ecology

Gastrotheca nicefori lives in forest canopy.

Call

A number of chicken-like "clucks" (Duellman 2001).

Taxonomy and systematics

Taxonomy

Authority

Gaige 1933

Synonyms

Gastrotheca medemi, Gastrotheca yacambuensis

Etymology

named for Hermano Niceforo Maria

Type locality

Pensilvania, Colombia

Habitat and distribution

Habitat

Lowland to montane cloudforest to 4200 m.

Countries

countries
Colombia, Panama, Venezuela

Map

Gastrotheca nicefori distribution
Distrubution map (IUCN)

Bibliography

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Duellman, WE. 1989. Lista anotada y clave de los sapos marsupiales (Anura: Hylidae: Gastrotheca) de Colombia. Caldasia 16(76): 105-111.

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