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Running into Rare Frogs…

With so much time in the field, we bump into all kinds of rare and infrequently seen amphibians.  Here are a few of the recent encounters…

Alsodes tumultuosis inhabits a tiny patch of habitat near a ski resort.

The La Parva Spiny-chest Frog (Alsodes tumultuosus) inhabits a tiny patch of habitat near a ski resort. This male is in breeding condition - notice the keritonized spines on his chest. They are for helping him hold onto a female.

The La Parva Spiny-chest Frog (Alsodes tumultuosus) inhabits a tiny patch of habitat near a ski resort.

The La Parva Spiny-chest Frog (Alsodes tumultuosus) inhabits a tiny patch of habitat near a ski resort.

Eusophus contulmoensis is now restricted to a tiny roadside park.

The Contulmo Ground Frog (Eusophus contulmoensis) is now restricted to a tiny roadside park.

The Mountain Spiny-chest Frog (Alsodes montanus) is found in Central Chile at elevations above 2000m.

The Mountain Spiny-chest Frog (Alsodes montanus) is found in Central Chile at elevations above 2000m.

Miguel's Ground Frog (Eupsophus migueli) is know from its type locality Known only from the type locality (Mehuín, Valdivia Province, Chile).

Miguel's Ground Frog (Eupsophus migueli) is know from its type locality Known only from the type locality (Mehuín, Valdivia Province, Chile).

The Chile Mountains False Toad (Telmatobufo venustus) is a spectacular frog with a very small range.

The Chile Mountains False Toad (Telmatobufo venustus) is a spectacular frog with a very small range.

The Chile Mountains False Toad (Telmatobufo venustus); this is a young adult.

The Chile Mountains False Toad (Telmatobufo venustus); this is a young adult.

Bullock’s Mountains False Toad (Telmatobufo bullocki) is widely considered one of the rarest frogs in Chile.

Bullock’s Mountains False Toad (Telmatobufo bullocki) is widely considered one of the rarest frogs in Chile.

The tadpoles of the False Toads are a stream type tadpole with a suctorial disc to scrape food from the substrate and hold on in fast flowing waters.

The tadpoles of the False Toads are a stream type tadpole with a suctorial disc to scrape food from the substrate and hold on in fast flowing waters.

LOTS more on the way…
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