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Aromobates saltuensis
family: Dendrobatidae

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Venezuela

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
See IUCN account.
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

   

From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

Until recently, this species was only known from the type locality at 830m asl, on the road from La Fria to Michelena, in Táchira State, Venezuela, although another population was found close by at a slightly higher elevation (about 1,500m asl). More recently, an additional locality was found along the piedmont of the Cordillera de Mérida. It may occur in suitable habitat in the near vicinity (E. La Marca, pers. comm. 2008).

Habitat and Ecology

It occurs in humid lower montane Andean forests. The eggs are laid on land and the male protects the eggs until they hatch when he carries the larvae on his back to water, where they develop further.

Population

Some populations are still found along the Andean piedmont facing Lake Maracaibo. Recent field work has revealed several populations with numerous individuals (E. La Marca, pers. comm. 2008).

Population Trend

Stable

Major Threats

The main threat is habitat loss and degradation due to agriculture, involving both crops and livestock, as well as logging, water pollution, and infrastructure development for human settlement. The species' area of occurrence is subject to strong anthropogenic pressure (E. La Marca, pers. comm. 2008).

Conservation Actions

It does not occur in any protected areas, and some form of formal protection is urgently required to conserve the habitat of this species.

Citation

Enrique La Marca, Juan Elías García-Pérez 2010. Aromobates saltuensis. In: IUCN 2014

 

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