Atelopus quimbaya
family: Bufonidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Critically Endangered (CR)
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 is known only from the vicinity of the type locality on the border of Risaralda and Quindio Departments, Colombia, between 2,200 and 2,900m asl. It might occur more widely than current records suggest.

Habitat and Ecology

It is found on vegetation along streams and away from streams in sub-Andean and Andean forests; it has not been recorded outside forest habitat. Breeding and larval development take place in streams.


This is a rare species, and was last recorded in 1992.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The most serious risk to this species is chytridiomycosis, which has had a devastating impact on other high-altitude species of Atelopus.

Conservation Actions

It might occur within a protected area (Parque Regional Natural Ucumarí, in Risaralda Department). Further survey work is required to determine the population status of this species and whether or not it occurs outside the vicinity of the type locality. Given the threat of chytridiomycosis, recommended conservation measures will probably need to include the maintenance of any surviving individuals in captivity.

Red List Status

Critically Endangered (CR)


Wilmar Bolívar, Andrés Acosta-Galvis, John Lynch 2004. Atelopus quimbaya. In: IUCN 2014


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