This species is endemic to the Pampa de Achala, Cordoba Province, Argentina, from 1,800-2,600m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in montane grasslands and associated rocky outcrops. Adults live under rocks or in abandoned rodent holes outside the breeding season. It reproduces explosively during the first rains in November and December. Pairs spin a gelatinous nest attached to vegetation in temporary pools, or sometimes in backwater pools of streams.
It is abundant within its small range, although it is seen only during the breeding season.
Significant threats to this species have previously included extensive cattle ranching and the associated alteration of water sources. However, the recent declaration of protected areas within its range means that the future of this species now looks much more secure.
It occurs in Parque Nacional Quebrada del Condorito and the Reserva Hídrica Provincial de Pampa de Achala.
Red List Status
Near Threatened (NT)
Listed as Near Threatened because although the population of species appears to be recovering, its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Esteban Lavilla, Ismael di Tada 2004. Pleurodema kriegi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57288A11601633. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57288A11601633.en .Downloaded on 18 November 2018