Atelopus chrysocorallus
family: Bufonidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Critically Endangered (CR)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Venezuela


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is restricted to the type locality, near the village of Tostós in Trujillo State, in the Venezuelan Andes. Its known range is less than 100km². It has been recorded from 2,000-2,700m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a diurnal, photophilic species found on the floor of cloud forest. It lays egg chains in streams, where the tadpoles also develop.


It is a rare species, and there have been no records since it was discovered in 1988. A subsequent survey failed to record this species again, suggesting a possible decline, as is the case with many other Venezuelan Atelopus species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The most critical threat to this species is probably chytridiomycosis. However, the type locality lies within an unprotected forested area that has been altered at a fast rate, mainly due to subsistence wood collection, and conversion to crop lands and pasture lands. With higher insolation as a result of climate change, this species could be at increased risk due to its habit of basking in the sun. La Marca and Lötters (1997) indicated that severe floods might have affected populations of this species.

Conservation Actions

Its range does not include any protected areas, and surveys are urgently needed to confirm the continued existence of this species. Given the threat of chytridiomycosis, successful conservation measures will probably need to include the maintenance of any surviving individuals in captivity.


Enrique La Marca, Juan Elías García-Pérez 2004. Atelopus chrysocorallus. In: IUCN 2014


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