Phyllomedusa tarsius
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Phyllomedusinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
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 can be found in the Amazon basin in Venezuela, southern Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, and central and western Brazilian Amazonia. Its altitudinal range is 0-450m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a nocturnal species that is usually found perched on branches usually about 1-3m, but sometimes up to 7m, above temporary ponds. Eggs are laid on leaves and tadpoles develop in pools. At Santa Cecilia, Ecuador, individuals were found in forest at night (Duellman, 1978). At Yasuní National Park, Ecuador, individuals have been found in open areas and floodable forests (Ron, 2001). Occurs in second and old growth forest and disturbed habitats around ponds. It has been observed breeding in cesspools.


It is common throughout its range.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Habitat loss/destruction and forest clear-cutting are major threats. Native peoples consume it but this activity does not threaten population levels.

Conservation Actions

Some populations are found within protected areas. In Ecuador, its geographic range overlaps with Reserva de Producción de Faunística Cuyabeno, Reserva Biológica Limoncocha, and Parque Nacional Yasuní.

Taxonomic Notes

Specimens from Estado Bolívar, Venezuela, agree with characters for Phyllomedusa tarsius from the Amazon Basin. Duellman (1997) doubted that the population on Trinidad (the type locality of P. trinitatis) were distinct from P. tarsius.


Enrique La Marca, Claudia Azevedo-Ramos, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, César Luis Barrio Amorós 2004. Phyllomedusa tarsius. In: IUCN 2014


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