Incilius chompipe
family: Bufonidae
Species Description: Vaughan A, Mendelson III JR 2007 Taxonomy and ecology of the Central American toads of the genus Crepidophryne (Anura: Bufonidae). Copeia 2007:304-314

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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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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from several localities (including Los Juncos 1,500 to 1,600m asl) near Cascajal, on the Cerro Chompipe, and from the Reserva Dantas in the Cordillera Central in central Costa Rica (Vaughn and Mendelson, 2007).

Habitat and Ecology

Animals have been recorded from primary or mature cloudforest with a closed canopy (Vaughn and Mendelson, 2007). It appears to be associated with deep leaf litter (Vaughn and Calvo, 2003; Vaughn and Mendelson, 2007). It is possible that this species undergoes direct development, however this requires further investigations (Vaughn and Mendelson, 2007).


Vaughn and Mendelson (2007), mention that this is generally a rare toad with a few individuals being recorded along trails. However it is reported to be generally common by other researchers (five to seven animals encountered daily) (Eduardo Boza pers. comm. 2007).

Population Trend


Major Threats

There appears to be no definite habitat loss ongoing or predicted within the range of this species. However, while it is not certain, the possibility remains that part of the habitat within the range of this species could be degraded through the expansion of housing from the city of San José (Federico Bolaños pers. comm. 2007).

Conservation Actions

It has been recorded from the Reserva Dantas in the Districto Los Angeles, Canton San Rafael (Vaughn and Mendelson, 2007). Los Juncos is part of a Forestry Reserve (Eduardo Boza pers. comm. 2007).

Taxonomic Notes

Recently separated from Crepidophryne epiotica by Vaughn and Mendelson (2007).

Further taxonomic studies are needed to better understand the relationship between this species and Crepidophryne epiotica (Federico Bolaños pers. comm.).


Eduardo Boza, Federico Bolaños, Gerado Chaves 2008. Incilius chompipe. In: IUCN 2014


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