Albinism in larvae of the Chacoan frog Leptodactylus chaquensis (Anura, Leptodactylidae) from an urban lake from Argentina

Candela Soledad Martinuzzi, Paola M. Peltzer, Andrés M. Attademo, Celina M. Junges, Rafael C. Lajmanovich


We report complete albinism in Leptodactylus chaquensis (Cei, 1950; Amphibia, Anura) tadpoles. Two foam nests were collected from an urban lake and maintained in outdoor tanks during metamorphosis. Different proportions of larvae and metamorphs occurred. This is the first observation of several larvae of L. chaquensis with albinisms from natural water bodies with continuous artificial and natural luminosity.

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Revista de la Asociación Herpetológica Argentina. ISSN en línea 1852-5768. Asociación Civil Herpetológica Argentina. Paz Soldán 5100. Piso 1 Dpto 8. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires.