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Uperodon variegatus
White-bellied pug-snout frog
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Microhylinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
CITES No CITES Listing
Other International Status None
National Status Lower risk-least concern
Regional Status None

 

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Description
Maximum snouth-vent length 35 mm, females are slightly bigger than males. The colour of the dorsum is dark brown with irregular light brown and whitish dots on feet and fingers. The author found mature males with creamish cloloured parts on the dark brown ground color (see photos). The belly is whitish.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: India, Sri Lanka

 

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Terra Typica: Ellore (=Eluru, Andra Pradeh, India)

R. variegata is found in Sri Lanka, southeastern India, Uttar Pradesh, Nepal. In Sri lanka R. variegata is only found in the lower parts of the dry zone. The author has found R. variegata next to human settlements and in garden areas.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
R. variegata is nocturnal, and is most easily found after heavy rain when mating begins. Males call from watersides, but it is very difficult to locate calling individuals, as they remain hidden amongst vegetation. After the rainy season this species can be found inside houses, especially swimming in toilets. During the drier season this species is very difficult to find.

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

Local pesticides, fertilizers, and pollutants
Long-distance pesticides, toxins, and pollutants

References

Dutta, S.K. and Manamendra-Arachchi, K. (1996). The Amphibian Fauna of Sri Lanka. Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Manamendra-Arachchi, K. (2000). ''Know your frog.'' Sri Lanka Nature, 2(5), 4-16.



Written by Peter Janzen (pjanzen AT gmx.de), dght
First submitted 2005-05-01
Edited by Tate Tunstall (2005-05-05)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2005 Uperodon variegatus: White-bellied pug-snout frog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/2209> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 24, 2017.



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