Roraima Rough Toad

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The genus Oreophrynella encompasses a group of anuran amphibians of the Bufonidae family associated with Tepuyan and endemic formations of the Pantepui. 9 species have been identified, the best known residing in the Roraima (Oreophrynella quelchii) is distributed in the upper and upper zone (1,800 - 2,700 masl) of the Tepui Roraima and Uei assipü with a prom. of 40km².

This species measures just over 2cm, has a cryptic coloration that allows it to go unnoticed among the rocks; They do not have the ability to jump, they only climb the rocks helped by their opposable fingers. Feeling a threat, he stoops and falls as he "rolls" between the rocks as an anti-predatory method.

The rough toad of Roraima is in danger due to human intervention generated by irresponsible tourism and the introduction of invasive species. We recommend NOT TO HANDLE this species and none present in Roraima for photographic registration.

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