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Pumpkin Toadlet

Brachycephalus ephippium


Brachycephalus ephippium is a small frog with adults ranging from 12.5 mm to 19.7 mm in snout-vent length. Although tiny, it has a robust body, with short legs. The skin color is bright yellow to orange. The iris is completely black. Digit number is reduced, with three fingers and three functional toes. Phalanges are also reduced, in both number and size, so that fingers and toes are both shorter and smaller. The terminal phalanges are T-shaped. A dermal bony shield is present and ossified dorsal to the backbone. No teeth are present on the maxillary or premaxillaries. (Pombal, 2003).


Pumpkin Toadlets are found in Serra do Mar and Serra da Mantiqueira in southeastern Brazil. They occur in montane Atlantic coastal forest, from 750 m to 1200 m in elevation. These frogs inhabit leaf litter on the forest floor (Pombal et al., 1994).

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LarryGraziano 5 years ago


Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 5 years ago

Congrats Aisse!

Parabéns Aisse,great capture,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Parabéns, Aisse.

AshleyT 5 years ago

Congrats yet again, Aisse! You have been a rockstar this week on Noah, we can't wait to see what else you show us from Brazil in the future!

This striking pumpkin toadlet, endemic to the montane regions of southeastern Brazil, is our Spotting of the Week!



AshleyT 5 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Awesome capture Aisse,congrats and thanks for sharing

Aisse Gaertner
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Aisse Gaertner

Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Spotted on Mar 1, 2015
Submitted on Jul 29, 2015

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