IUCN threat status:

Endangered (EN)

Comprehensive Description

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This is a small frog (males up to 23 mm, females up to 29 mm). Rounded snout with moderately sharp and concave canthus rostralis and flat loreal region. The tympanum, columella, and tympanic cavity are all lacking. Vomerine dentigerous processes are absent. The temporal region is swollen, somewhat resembling a parotoid gland. Finger I is shorter than Finger II. Short hindlimbs. Both outer and inner metatarsal tubercles are present, with the inner metatarsal tubercle equal to or slightly larger than the outer. Dorsolateral folds are absent. Areolate skin on both dorsum and venter. Males have nuptial pads on both Finger I and Finger II, but lack a vocal sac and vocal slits (Lynch 1975).

Dorsum is gray to brown (dull brown to pale tan) and may or may not be mottled. Venter is gray or has dark mottling. The throat is paler than the venter, and males have an orange cast to the throat (Lynch 1975).

This species was formerly known as Phrynopus cophites but was transferred into the genus Bryophryne by Hedges et al. (2008). The specific epithet cophites comes from the Greek kophos = deaf, in allusion to the absence of the middle and external ear in this species.


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