Since 2014 we have maintained a long-term monitoring program of various local populations of the Southern Darwin frog (Rhinoderma darwinii) throughout the entire distribution of this species. We currently monitor 4 locations in Contulmo (Nahuelbuta Mountain Range), Neltume (Andes Mountain Range), Inio (Isla Grande de Chiloé) and Melimoyu (Aysén Fjords). This long-term project, unique in the study of Chilean amphibians, provides us with key information to understand the dynamics of wild populations of this species. This information is essential to detect abnormal situations that may affect its conservation, as well as to design management and recovery actions for the wild populations of our beloved Darwin's frog. This project has been fundamental during the development of the Binational Strategy for the Conservation of Darwin's Frogs.
The project in images
Publications associated with the project
Date: Valenzuela-Sánchez A et al. (2018) Long-term monitoring of Darwin's Frog populations (Rhinoderma darwini) in the Contulmo Natural Monument and Contulmo Forest Reserve. Report period 2014-2018. NGO Frog from Darwin, Chile.
Date:IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group Chile (2018) Binational Conservation Strategy for Darwin's Frogs. Santiago, Chile.
The project in motion
Date:Valenzuela-Sánchez A et al. (2017) Cryptic disease-induced mortality may cause host extinction in an apparently stable host–parasite system. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20171176.
Date: Alvarado-Rybak et al. (2018) High prevalence of chigger mite infection in a forest-specialist frog.
with evidence of parasite-related granulomatous myositis. Parasitology Research 117: 1643–1646
Date: Uribe-Rivera DE et al. (2017) Dispersal and extrapolation on the accuracy of temporal predictions from distribution models for the Darwin's frog. Ecological Applications 27: 1633–1645