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Distribution

    Distribution and Habitat
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    Found in the Pacific lowlands from northern Costa Rica to northern Colombia, and on the Atlantic versant eastward from Costa Rica to northwestern Venezuela, from 3-1,150 m above sea level. This species inhabits marshes, swamps, temporary ponds, and ditches that are located throughout the Pacific lowlands in areas classified as dry, moist, and wet forest. Also occurs into the lowland moist forest on the Atlantic versant of Costa Rica near Laguna de Arenal and premontane rainforest near the border of Panama (Savage 2002, Solís et al. 2004).

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Trends

    Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
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    Leptodactylus poecilochilus is nocturnal (Savage 2002). Breeding season occurs during the early wet months (generally May through June) (Savage 2002). The call is described as a short rapidly rising pitched "whoop" that lasts about 50 to 60 milliseconds and is repeated about 100 times per minute, shifting frequency from 0.35 kHz to 0.55 kHz (Savage 2002). This species is an explosive breeder, making use of temporary and permanent ponds (Solís et al. 2004). Tadpoles of this species can survive an estimated 140 hours out of water (Valerio 1971).

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Threats

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    Leptodactylus poecilochilus is common and the population appears stable, with no acknowledged threats. It occurs within several protected areas. This species is opportunistic and can make use of urban areas (Solís et al. 2004).

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