Darwin's frog with its young

Darwin's frog

Darwin's frogs have a highly unusual method of brooding and rearing their young. The males have an enlarged vocal sac in which they brood their newly hatched tadpoles. The tadpoles remain there until they have developed into little froglets, when up to 20 are released by being spat out. Darwin's frogs are also masters of disguise. When threatened, they roll over and play dead until the danger has passed, looking like dead leaves. They were discovered, as you may expect, by Charles Darwin in the forests of South America.

Scientific name: Rhinoderma darwinii

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Darwin's frog taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Darwin's frog can be found in a number of locations including: South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Darwin's frog distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2004

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Amphibians
  5. Frogs and toads
  6. Rhinodermatidae
  7. Rhinoderma
  8. Darwin's frog

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