Pristimantis kichwarum
family: Strabomantidae
subfamily: Pristimantinae
Species Description: Elmer KR, Cannatella DC 2008 Three new species of leaflitter frogs from the upper Amazon forests: cryptic diversity within Pristimantis ockendeni (Anura: Strabomantidae) in Ecuador. Zootaxa 1784:11-38.

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Ecuador


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs in the eastern lowlands of Ecuador in the Napo, Orellana, and SucumbĂ­os provinces, at approximately 500 m asl and below (Elmer and Cannatella 2008). It is not expected to occur much more widely given that it seems to be flanked to the west by Pristimantis altamnis, to the south by P. achuar and to the north possibly by a different, yet undescribed species (K. Elmer pers. comm. June 2009). It is not believed to be found as low as the Iquitos region (110 m asl) (K. Elmer pers. comm. June 2009).

Habitat and Ecology

This species inhabits lowland primary and secondary forests. By night frogs can be found perched on the leaves or stems of low vegetation from 0.2 to 1.5 m elevation; however, they are found amidst the leaf litter by day (Elmer and Cannatella 2008). This species presumably breeds by direct development.



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Angulo, A. & Elmer, K. 2009. Pristimantis kichwarum. In: IUCN 2014


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