Hyloxalus anthracinus
family: Dendrobatidae
subfamily: Hyloxalinae

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Anfibios del Ecuador

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: Ecuador


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs in a narrow altitudinal zone (2,710-3,500m asl) on the Cordillera Oriental (Cordillera Real or Central), and the Mazán River in southern Ecuador. There are records from six localities.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives in páramo, very humid montane forest, and lower humid montane forest (Coloma 1995). Reproduction probably occurs by the females laying eggs on the ground, and the males bringing the tadpoles to streams for development.


The most recent record of this species is from December 1991. An extensive search in Mazán in 1995 (where the species was abundant in 1986) turned up no individuals. It appears to have undergone a serious decline.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The primary threat to this species is habitat loss and degradation due to agriculture, and logging. The possible disappearance of the species could be related to chytridiomycosis.

Conservation Actions

The range of this species overlaps Parque Nacional Cajas and its southern limit is adjacent to the northern limit of Parque Nacional Podocarpus. Surveys are urgently needed to establish the population status of this species.

Red List Status

Critically Endangered (CR)


Listed as Critically Endangered because of a drastic population decline, estimated to be more than 80% over the last three generations, inferred from the apparent disappearance of most of the population, possibly due to chytridiomycosis.


Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Taran Grant, Manuel Morales 2004. Hyloxalus anthracinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55046A11245440.


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