Telmatobius sanborni
family: Telmatobiidae
Species Description: Former synonym of T. marmoratus. De la Riva I 2006 Bolivian frogs of the genus Telmatobius (Anura: Leptodactylidae): synopsis, taxonomic comments, and description of a new species. In: E. O. Lavilla and I. De la Riva, (eds.), Studies on the Andean Frogs of the Genera Telmatobius and Batrachophrynus, pp. 65-101. Asociacion Herpetologica Espanola, Monografias de Herpetologia 7, Valencia.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Bolivia, Peru


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

The type locality of Telmatobius sanborni is Limbani (14 08’ S, 69 42’ W, 3350 masl), Department of Puno, Peru.
The species has also been found ca 6 km (airline) SW of Ollachea, 3240 m, Department of Puno, Peru, and in Bolivia, where it has only been found in the vicinity of Pelechuco, in the Cordillera de Apolobamba, western Department of La Paz (14 49’ S, 69 05’ W). The airline distance between the two most distant localities (Pelechuco and Ollachea) is around 180 km. It occurs within an altitudinal range comprised between 3100-3800 masl (De la Riva, 2005).

Habitat and Ecology

The species lives in streams on steep Andean slopes in the upper part of cloud forests and Polylepis formations (De la Riva, 2005).


The species is common in the Pelechuco River valley (De la Riva, 2005). However, it has not been found again in Peruvian localities (I. De la Riva, pers. comm. 2008).

Population Trend


Major Threats

Major threats for this species are unknown, although it is possible that the species may be used (I. De la Riva, pers. comm. 2008).

Conservation Actions

Bolivian populations can be found in the Area Natural de Manejo Integrado Apolobamba (I. De la Riva, pers. comm. 2008).

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)


Listed as Vulnerable in view of its extent of occurrence of less than 20,000 km2, with all individuals in fewer than ten locations, and an apparent population decline.

Taxonomic Notes

De la Riva (2005) resurrected Telmatobius sanborni from the synonymy of Telmatobius marmoratus on the basis of differences in morphological features and colour patterns.


Ignacio De la Riva 2010. Telmatobius sanborni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T135889A4216760. .Downloaded on 21 November 2018


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