Atelopus planispina
Atelopus planispina

Atelopus planispina is a species of toad in the family Bufonidae. It is endemic to the eastern slopes of the Andes of Ecuador. According to the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, it is restricted to the Napo Province, although other sources suggest somewhat wider range. It has not been seen since 1985 and might already be extinct. Common names Planispina's harlequin frog, Napo stubfoot toad, and flat-spined atelopus have been coined for it.


Adult males measure about 31–32 mm (1.2–1.3 in) and adult females about 32 mm (1.3 in) in snout–vent length. The snout has rounded, protruding tip. The head and the body are dorsally flattened. The tympanum is absent. The body is covered by tiny spinules. The forelimbs are elongate and slender. The hind limbs are slender. The toes are webbed. The upper parts are pale green to orange with large black spots. The flanks are light green and the ventral parts are pale orange.


1. Atelopus planispina Wikipedia article -
2. Atelopus planispina on The IUCN Red List site -

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