Frog of the Week

Patagonia Frog (Atelognathus patagonicus)

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Photo by Boris Blotto

endangered
Common Name: Patagonia Frog
Scientific Name: Atelognathus patagonicus
Family: Batrachylidae
Location: Argentina
Size: 2 inches or 50 mm

The Patagonia Frog has two different forms, an aquatic one and a land form. The aquatic form has  smooth and looser skin than the land form which has more rough, tight skin. The aquatic form also have a orange coloration to their stomach from their different diet from the land form. The aquatic form eats more amphipods from the waters that carotenoids which give the orange hue.

The Patagonia Frog is endangered because of numerous threats. Both Chytrid Fungus and Ranavirus have been problems for the frog. Introduced fish (perch, trouts, and salmons) have also been lame and been eating the frogs.

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