Our field work in 2011 brought us back to a favorite areas of Chile…the region where the Chile Mountains False Toad lives. We are developing captive assurance colonies of this species at the National Zoo of Chile in Santiago. We have also been monitoring a population in south-central Chile for emergent infectious amphibian disease. In addition, our research group just published a paper on this species:
Fenolio, D.B., A. Charrier, M.G. Levy, M.O. Fabry, M.S. Tirado, M.L. Crump., W.W. Lamar, & P.
Calderón. 2011. A review of the Chile Mountains False Toad, Telmatobufo venustus (Amphibia:
Anura: Calyptocephalellidae) with comments on its conservation status. Herpetological Review
Here are some images from our field work with these amazing and critically endangered frogs…