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Pristimantis dendrobatoides
Mimic Rainfrog
family: Strabomantidae
subfamily: Strabomantinae
 
Species Description: Means DB, Savage JM 2007 Three new malodorous rainfrogs of the genus Pristimantis (Anura:Brachycephalidae) from the Wokomung Massif in west-central Guyana, South America. Zootaxa 1658-39-55.

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Guyana

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
See IUCN account.
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

   

From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

Pristimantis dendrobatoides is known from the Wokomung Massif in west-central Guyana in cloud forest habitat (1,385–1,570 masl) (Means and Savage, 2007). It is possible that P. dendrobatoides may also be present on both Mt. Ayanganna to the north of Wokomung and Maringma to the east (B. Means, pers. comm. 2008).

Habitat and Ecology

Individuals of this species can be found sitting on small leaves in cloud forest understory vegetation up to 2 metres from the ground, sometimes in close proximity to mountain streams, but sometimes very far from running water (40 m). All individuals were found alone, 2-4 hours after full dark and during rains or lulls in rainfall (Means and Savage, 2007).

Population

Considered to be a rare species given that in ca six weeks of field work during four expeditions to the Wokomung Massif, only about 10 specimens were found. Ten-day field trips to two other tepuis yielded two or three specimens per trip (B. Means, pers. comm. 2008).

Population Trend

Unknown

Major Threats

No major threats were observed for this species. Introduced microbes and/or chemicals could be an unobservable threat (B. Means, pers. comm. 2008).

Conservation Actions

No conservation measures are known for this species. However, there is ample habitat to support this species on the tepui cloud forests, which are extensive on these tepuis and the tepuis are not suitable for human agriculture or occupancy (B. Means, pers. comm. 2008).

Taxonomic Notes

Pristimantis dendrobatoides can be distinguished from other similar species by a combination of morphological features, colour pattern and the production of odorous skin secretions (Means and Savage, 2007).

Citation

Bruce Means 2008. Pristimantis dendrobatoides. In: IUCN 2014

 

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