Pinchon's Piping Frog, Grand Cafe Robber Frog, Guadeloupe Forest Eleuth
E. pinchoni can be distinguished from these other species by its medium-sized head and hindlimbs. Dorsal coloration occurs in varying shades of brown, creating multiple linear patterns across the back. The venter and underside of the species vary in color from light orange to bright red-orange.
The call of this species is very distinct; unlike any other Guadeloupean frogs, the vocalization of E. pinchoni consists of a single note. This one note is repeated for an average duration of 145 ms. Using sonogram data, it has been determined that the frequency and amplitude of this call undergoes no variation throughout its entire sequence (Kaiser et al. 2003).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Guadeloupe
Eleutherodactylus pinchoni is found throughout the Basse-Terre region of Guadeloupe, an island in the French West Indies. This distribution (elevation ranges from 180 to 1467 m) presents a possible threat to the species' ultimate survival (see Trends and Threats below).
The type locality of E. pinchoni was discovered at an elevation 600 feet (183 m), three kilometers west of Grande Café in Guadeloupe (Kaiser et al. 2003).
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
Eleutherodactylus pinchoni was named for Pere Robert Pinchon in recognition of the help he provided Albert Schwartz in his fieldwork in the French Antilles. Pinchon worked in the Seminaire College Forte de France on Martinique, and was widely acclaimed for his assistance in many different areas of fieldwork (Kaiser et al. 2003).
Breuil, M. (2002). ''Histoire naturelle des amphibiens et reptiles terrestres de l'Archipel Guadeloupeen. Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthelemy.'' Patrimoines Naturels, 54, 1-339.
Kaiser, H., Murdoch, J. T., Boistel, R., and Breuil, M. (2003). ''Eleutherodactylus pinchoni.'' Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, 765.1-765.3.
Written by Elizabeth Reisman (lreisman AT uclink.berkeley.edu), UCB-Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program
First submitted 2003-09-24
Edited by Vance T. Vredenburg (2003-11-14)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2003 Eleutherodactylus pinchoni: Pinchon's Piping Frog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/3134> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 23, 2017.
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