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Nannophryne variegata


Spotted this PatagonianToad along the hiking trail to Lago Torre, El Chalten, Argentina. It was small--about 4-5 cm long.


Along the hiking trail to Lago Torre, El Chalten, Argentina.


Nannophryne variegata, known also as the Eden Harbour toad or Patagonian toad, is a species of toad in the Bufonidae family. It is found in southern Argentina (from Neuquén southwards) and Chile. There is also a record from Peru, but this requires confirmation given its great geographic and ecological isolation. It occurs in Tierra del Fuego south to 53°S, making it the southernmost amphibian in the world, a record shared with Batrachyla antartandica.[1] Its natural habitats are temperate to cold humid forests, bogs, and Magellanic tundra. It occurs in marshes, under logs in the Nothofagus forest region as well as tundra surrounded by low stature Nothofagus forest in the subantarctic region. Reproduction takes place in shallow temporary pools and swamps. It is a locally abundant species that tolerates some disturbance. Wikipedia

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Eden Harbour toad
Bufo variegatus Bufo variegatus

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LisaPowers 4 years ago

Project Noah Fact of the Day: Bufo species have wart-like structures behind their eyes called parotoid glands. These glands distinguish the true toads from all other tailless amphibians. The glands secrete a fatty, white poisonous substance which acts as a deterrent to predators. ~Wikipedia

PatagonianToad (Nannophryne variegata) spotted in Argentina by PN member misako.

misako 4 years ago

Thank you for the ID update LisaPowers!

LisaPowers 5 years ago

Sorry...that is Nannophryne. I missed an N. :-)

LisaPowers 5 years ago

The genus for this species has been changed to Nanophryne.

misako 5 years ago

Thank you so much Mark....I already want to go back :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

You have some truly wonderful spottings from the area misako. Thanks so much for sharing them with us all.

misako 5 years ago

Thank you for the comment DanielePralong. The Magellanic Woodpecker was the one bird I really wanted to photograph. I saw only one male during my entire 3-week trip in El Chalten--alas, I did not have my camera out and it flew away. I did see it, just no photo. :)

misako 5 years ago

Thank you for the ID Marek Koszorek!

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Striking little guy misako! Did you see Magellanic woodpeckers near El Chalten?

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SC, Argentina

Spotted on Jan 18, 2015
Submitted on Feb 7, 2015

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