Among the frogs of Chile, the genus Eupsophus (ground frogs) is one of the most species rich groups. All species have a typical anuran body plan, but they have a remarkable reproductive behaviour. During the reproductive season, males construct a network of flooded cavities in humid forest patches from where they call. When successful, a female deposits her eggs in the cavity. The tadpoles are endotrophic, which means that they completely depend on their vitellogenic yolk for nutrition.

Some species have a wide distribution area, while others are only known from a single locality. Due to their secretive lifestyle, not much is known about these frogs. Below you find some pictures of different species from this interesting group (top image: Eupsophus septentrionalis).

 Eupsophus calcaratus

Eupsophus roseus at entrance of flooded tunnel.

Eupsophus altor, only described in 2012

Eupsophus vertebralis

Eupsophus contulmoensis

One Reply to “Ground Frogs”

  1. awel, ik denk dat ik ne lievelingskikker heb nu; Eupsophus vertebralis! die ziet er uit als een gemeen oud mannetje dat elk moment kan beginnen praten 🙂

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