Ikakogi tayrona
Magdalena Giant Glass Frog
family: Centrolenidae
subfamily: Centroleninae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


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Ikakogi tayrona can be identified by the following combination of characters: 1) vomerine dentition absent, 2) bones white in life, 3) color in life green to pale green, 4) snout rounded when viewed dorsally, sloped and truncated when viewed laterally, 5) skin is dorsally granular, 6) ulnar and tarsal folds small, 7) males have a large humeral spine.

Adult females reach 28.2-30.8mm SVL, males reach 28.2-30.6mm SVL. Head as wide as body, but wider than long (head width 34.8-38.7 % SVL). Nostril-eye distance is 52.8-83.9 % eye width. Nostrils protuberant and oriented anterolaterally. Eyes not visible around border of snout when viewed ventrally. Supratympanic fold thick and very well defined. Vomerine dentition absent. Length of tibia is 51.9-58.6 % SVL.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Colombia


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It is known from the northern part of the Sierra Nevade de Santa Marta, department of Magdalena, county of Santa Marta at altitudes from 980-1790 m. It was collected on vegetation approximately 2-3m above the ground bordering breaks in the forest.

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

General habitat alteration and loss


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Lynch, J.D. (1981). ''The idnetity of Hylopsis platychephala Werner, a centrolenid frog from northern Colombia.'' Journal of Herpetology, (15), 283-291.

McDiarmid, R.W. and Savage, J.M. (1984). ''Taxonomic status of the frog genus Centrolenella Noble (Anura: Centrolenidae).'' Journal of Herpetology, (18), 213-215.

Ruiz-Carranza, P.M. and Lynch, J.D. (1991). ''Ranas Centrolenidae de Colombia II: Nuevas especies de Centrolene de la Cordillera Oriental y Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.'' Lozania, (58), 1-26.

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Written by Raul E. Diaz (lissamphibia AT, Assistant/student
First submitted 2002-12-22
Edited by Keith Lui (2016-03-16)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2016 Ikakogi tayrona: Magdalena Giant Glass Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 17, 2017.

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