Pipa pipa
Pipa pipa
(Suriname toad)
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Pipa pipa (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common name: Suriname toad

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

Native Range: South America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela (AmphibiaWeb, 2012).

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Nonindigenous Occurrences: A single individual was collected from a creek in Celada Ward, eastern Puerto Rico in August 2007.

Ecology: Completely aquatic, found in sluggish rivers and canals with muddy bottoms (AmphibiaWeb, 2012).

This frog is entirely aquatic. Females lay approximately 100 eggs. After the male fertilizes the eggs, he attaches them to the female’s back and her skin grows around the eggs. Direct development (meaning they hatch as miniature frogs without going through a tadpole stage) occurs while on the female’s back and the young emerge after 3 to 4 months (Rabb and Snedigar 1960; Rabb and Rabb, 1963).

Pipa pipa is omnivorous and eats worms, insects, crustaceans, and small fishes. It possessed long fingers, which are used to search for food. Once found, the fingers are used to stuff the food into its mouth (Wandzel, 1999).

Means of Introduction: Pet release.

Status: The status is unknown in Puerto Rico.

Impact of Introduction: Unknown.

References: (click for full references)

AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. 2012. Berkeley, California: AmphibiaWeb. Available from: http://amphibiaweb.org/. Accessed 1/1-13/2012.

Rabb, G. and M. Rabb. 1963. Additonal observations on breeding behavior of the Surinam Toad, Pipa pipa. Copeia (4):636-642.

Rabb, G. and R. Snedigar. 1960. Observations on breeding and development of the Surinam Toad, Pipa pipa. Copeia (1):40-44.

Wandzel, K. 1999. “Pipa pipa”. Animal Diversity Web. Available from:
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Pipa_pipa/ Accessed 3/5/2013.

Author: Fuller, P.

Revision Date: 8/6/2013

Citation Information:
Fuller, P., 2018, Pipa pipa (Linnaeus, 1758): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=2728, Revision Date: 8/6/2013, Access Date: 3/24/2018

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