Ceratophrys testudo
family: Ceratophryidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Brazil, Ecuador


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from the type locality, the headwaters of the Pastaza River, in Napo Province, eastern Ecuador. The exact altitude of this site is unclear, though it is clearly a montane locality.

Habitat and Ecology

This is presumably a montane forest species. If it is similar to other species in its genus, it is an explosive breeder in ephemeral pools.


This species has not been seen since the original collection in the 1940s, though this is probably related to the lack of survey effort, and its elusive nature.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is no precise information, owing to uncertainty relating to the exact location of the type locality.

Conservation Actions

Its taxonomic status should be reviewed, in particular in relation to Ceratophrys cornuta (Cisneros-Heredia pers. comm.).

Taxonomic Notes

This species was resurrected from the synonymy of Ceratophrys cornuta by Mercadal (1986).


Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron 2004. Ceratophrys testudo. In: IUCN 2014


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