Alsodes igneus

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Alsodes igneus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Alsodidae
Genus: Alsodes
Species: A. igneus
Binomial name
Alsodes igneus
Cuevas & Formas, 2005[2]

Alsodes igneus is a species of frog in the Alsodidae family endemic to Chile; it is only known from its type locality, the Tolhuaca National Park, Malleco Province, on the western slopes of the Andes.[3] The specific name igneus, meaning "something that is of fire", was chosen to symbolize the survival of the population from a great forest fire that affected the type locality in 2000.[2]


The habitat of Alsodes igneus is Nothofagus woodland; adults have been found at the edge of a small stream and the tadpoles among rocks within the stream. The altitude of the type locality is 920 m (3,020 ft).[1]


Male Alsodes igneus measure about 46 mm (1.8 in) in snout–vent length (based on a single male) and females about 59–67 mm (2.3–2.6 in) (based on two females, including the holotype). The snout is short and slightly truncated in dorsal view. There is a black ribbon extending below the canthus rostralis; the background colour is khaki. The dorsal surface is granular. Toes are scarcely fringed and webbing is absent. Tadpoles are up to 61 mm (2.4 in) in length.[2]


  1. ^ a b Veloso, A. (2006). "Alsodes igneus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Cuevas, C. C.; Formas, J. R. (2005). "A new frog of the genus Alsodes (Leptodactylidae) from the Tolhuaca National Park, Andes Range, southern Chile". Amphibia-Reptilia 26: 39–48. doi:10.1163/1568538053693288. 
  3. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Alsodes igneus Cuevas and Formas, 2005". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 6 June 2014.