This is a little-known frog, inhabiting the thermal springs and streams of Patagonias Somuncura plateau. Being permanently aquatic within these warm waters, it has a near-constant body temperature of 20-22°C, which is unusual for an amphibian. The Somuncura frog is generally quite rare and is thought to be declining within its small area of occupancy. Its range is within the Somuncura Provincial Reserve, although it is still threatened by introduced predatory fish, the canalisation of spring water towards local towns and villages for domestic use, and the impacts of livestock farming, which include overgrazing and chemical pollution of waterways from sheep dips.
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