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Pipa myersi (Myers' Surinam Toad)

Wikipedia Abstract

Myers' Surinam toad (Pipa myersi) is a species of frog in the Pipidae family found in Panama and possibly Colombia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and rivers. It is threatened by habitat loss.
View Wikipedia Record: Pipa myersi

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Pipa myersi

EDGE Analysis

This is the only Pipa toad to occur in North America. With its warty, filamented skin and flat, sunken body, it has the uncanny ability to look almost putrefied even when at the peak of good health. One bizarre adaptation is the tactile organs or lobes present on the fingertips, which are used to explore the surrounding water and mud for aquatic invertebrates, crustaceans and fish. Unusually, Surinam toads cannot assume the "standard" terrestrial-frog posture, with the forelimbs holding the body up slightly and their legs folded either side of their abdomen. Their resting position is instead characterised by their arms and legs splaying outwards in line with their flattened body.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 58.25
EDGE Score: 6.16
View EDGE Record: Pipa myersi


Litter Size [1]  12
Litters / Year [1]  1
Snout to Vent Length [1]  1.74 inches (4.42 cm)


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Chocó-Darién moist forests Colombia, Panama Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Mesoamerica Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama No
Tumbes-Choco-Magdalena Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru No

Range Map


External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Oliveira, Brunno Freire; São-Pedro, Vinícius Avelar; Santos-Barrera, Georgina; Penone, Caterina; C. Costa, Gabriel. (2017) AmphiBIO, a global database for amphibian ecological traits. Sci. Data.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License