This species is endemic to the austral temperate forests of Chile and Argentina. It is distributed from Concepción (36° 47'S) to Coihaique (45° 33'S). It has an altitudinal range of 50-1,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is widely distributed in Nothofagus forest with Mediterranean or oceanic influences; humid temperate forests; bogs, marshes and wetlands surrounded by forest; shores of ponds and lakes surrounded with swamps. It may be found under logs; males calls from crevices under moss close to streams. Eggs are deposited under logs or moss; following rain the egg deposition site becomes flooded and larvae develop in the floodwater. It tolerates some deforestation.
It is common in pristine habitats. There are large populations of this species.
There is some habitat destruction and degradation including exotic tree plantations and human settlements, mainly in the north part of the range.
It occurs in many protected areas. Legislation to preserve the Nothofagus forest habitat is needed.
Carmen Úbeda, Ramón Formas, Helen Díaz-Paéz, Esteban Lavilla, Néstor Basso 2010. Batrachyla leptopus. In: IUCN 2014