Dissecting the ecology of the heart-tongued frog in Brazil
The Heat-tongued frog is endemic to the Atlantic Forest of Northeast Brazil and listed as Data Deficient by the IUCN.
Heart-tongued frog (Phyllodytes gyrinaethes)
Frogs eat untold billions of insects each year, making them economically valuable to agriculture. They also provide a critical food source for birds, fish, snakes, and other wildlife, but the most importantly, they are good environmental indicators. If frogs are present, it often leads to a heathy ecosystem.
The Heat-tongued frog, dytes gyrinaethes, is an endemic species from the Atlantic Forest of Northeast Brazil. The species occurs only in fragments of coastal Atlantic Forest of Northeastern Brazil and is listed as Data Deficient by the IUCN, however it was categorized as critically endangered by the national authorities.
The Murici Ecological Station (ESEC de Murici) is part of the largest block of Atlantic Forest along the north of the Sao Francisco River in Brazil. This conservation area, which hosts more than 58 anuran species registered to date, is one of the most important priority areas for the amphibian conservation in the north of the Atlantic Forest.
With the funds from the MBZ Fund, the research team aims to obtain information about the population status, ecology, reproductive biology as well as threats to the species conservation.
This project will create baseline data to better understand the environmental needs and the impact of habitat modification and disease infection in the populations of Phyllodytes gyrinaethes. More detailed information will also allow the project team to update the conservation status of the species and to develop conservation strategies to ensure its permanence in nature.
Project lead by
Anyelet Valencia Aguilar
Laboratorio de Bioligia Integrativa - UFAL