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

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Colombia

 

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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

This species lives on the eastern slope of the eastern Andes, Meta Department, Villavicencio, Acacias, Vereda Portachuelo, via Manzanares, Colombia, at 1,370-1,560m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is an inhabitant of cloud forest, with breeding and larval development taking place in streams. It tolerates natural disturbances such as landslides, but not significant opening up of its habitat.

Population

This species was abundant in the early 1980s, but was last seen in 1985 (despite subsequent surveys in 1987). No one has returned to look for this species since.

Population Trend

Decreasing

Major Threats

It occurs in a very restricted area that is severely threatened by habitat destruction, particularly due to cattle ranching. However, the most serious risk to this species is chytridiomycosis, which has had a devastating impact on other high-altitude Atelopus species.

Conservation Actions

This species is not known to occur in any protected areas. Surveys are urgently needed to determine the population status of the species. In view of the severe risk of chytridiomycosis, ex-situ populations might need to be established.

Citation

Jose Vicente Rueda, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo, Andrés Acosta-Galvis, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Ruth Adriana Maldonado-Silva 2004. Atelopus minutulus. In: IUCN 2014

 

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