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Diagnosis: Small green frog with yellow spots. Extensive webbing between Finger II and Finger III. Snout tip is indented when viewed from above; in lateral view the snout is rounded to truncate. Liver and digestive tract are white. Pericardium is clear (Savage 2002).

Description: Adult males measure 24-26 mm in SVL. Head broader than long. Truncated and indented snout when viewed from above, but rounded in profile. Nasal area swollen; nostrils open in fleshy protuberances and lie on distinct raised ridges. Tympanum is indistinct. Subarticular tubercles are small and rounded. Finger I is longer than Finger II. Webbing is present, especially between Fingers II and III. Both finger and toe discs are truncated. Inner metatarsal tubercle is elongated while the outer metatarsal tubercle is absent. No tarsal fold. Adult males have a white nuptial pad of scattered glands on dorsal and outer surface of the base of the thumb. Skin on dorsal surfaces is shagreened (Savage 2002).

Dorsal coloration is green with yellow spots. The venter is transparent. Clear pericardium. White liver and digestive tract. Golden iris (Savage 2002).

This species was first described by Taylor (1958). Cisneros-Heredia and McDiarmid (2007) synonymized H. cardiacalyptum with H. chirripoi.

A Spanish-language species account can be found at the website of Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio).


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