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Atelognathus praebasalticus
Atelognathus praebasalticus
Photographer: Richard D. Sage
Collection: AmphibiaWeb

ID: 0000 0000 0711 0814 (2011-07-11)

Copyright © 2011 Richard Sage

  • date of photo  Apr 24, 1982
  • this photo depicts an animal that was captive or collected
  • photo location   San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
  • animal's place of origin   Depto. Catan Lil, Laguna del Burro of the Laguna Blanca system, 0.5 km W, 6.0 km N Cerro Lohan Mahuida (Prov. Neuquén, Argentina)
  • family Batrachylidae
  • order Anura
  • class Amphibia
  • notes   Male. Atelognathus praebasalticus is almost certainly the same 'species' as A. patagonicus. The original describers of this species mistakenly assumed that because these animals had a different appearance to their skin and were captured on land instead of in the water, that they were a different species. Molecular genetic studies show that the aquatic and terrestrial Atelognathus from this locality are genetically identical, with the morphological differences resulting from the different requirements to live in these two different habitats. This is an interesting case of an ecological 'polymorphism'.
  • camera   Canon QL/FT & 90 mm Vivitar macro lens
  • photo category: Animal - Amphibian

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