Cryptobatrachus ruthveni
family: Hemiphractidae
Species Description: Lynch JD 2008 A taxonomic revision of frogs of the genus Cryptobatrachus (Anura:Hemiphractidae). Zootaxa 1883:28-68.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
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 the western flank of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Palmor, La Tagua and Hacienda La Victoria), Colombia in the immediate vicinity of San Pedro de la Sierra, between 1,000–1,600 m asl (Lynch 2008). Its EOO is 421 kmand it occurs in four threat-defined locations.

Habitat and Ecology

The species inhabits riparian habitats in creeks and perches on vegetation. It breeds by direct development.


This species is abundant in riparian habitats.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The main threats to this species are related to coffee plantations in the area; mainly deforestation of riparian habitats and pollution from agrochemicals.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions 
This species has not been recorded in any protected areas.

Conservation Needed
Despite the lack of information on this species, the disturbance and destruction of its riparian habitat seems to be a threat and therefore protection of this habitat should be pursued in areas where human activities are likely to affect it.

Research Needed
Very little is known about this species, in order to understand the potential threats to the species and necessary conservation strategies more general information needs to be collected on this species' distribution and ecology.

Red List Status

Endangered (EN)


This species current known distribution is very restricted—extent of occurrence (EOO) of 421 km2—in the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia where it occurs in four threat-based locations. There is continuing decline in the extent and quality of habitat due to deforestation and pollution from coffee plantations. It is therefore listed as Endangered.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Cryptobatrachus ruthveni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T78459148A85907862. .Downloaded on 20 January 2019


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