Hyloxalus nexipus

Frost, 1986

Hyloxalus nexipus

Distribution
Ecuador and Peru, most commonly found at mid-elevations (300-800 m).

Natural History
This is a strictly riparian species. Males are commonly found among rocks in streams where they can be seen calling and defending their territories vigorously. Males will often climb to the top of rocks and call, other males will then climb up and try to wrestle them off the rocks. Eggs are laid in small clusters on leaves near streams. Tadpoles are transported to flowing water or stream eddies.

Conservation Status
This species has a fairly large range and is quite abundant throughout, furthermore population densities are usually very high. To our knowledge this species has not yet been smuggled.

Notes
Close relative to H. azureiventris and H. chlorocraspedus. Hyloxalus nexipus shares more superficial similarities with these two species than most other Hyloxalus, being both aposematic and toxic.

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Hyloxalus nexipus
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