Microkayla iani
family: Strabomantidae
subfamily: Holoadeninae
Species Description: De la Riva, I. 2007. Bolivian frogs of the genus Phrynopus, with the description of twelve new species (Anura: Brachycephalidae). Herpetological Monographs 21: 241-277.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Bolivia



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

Psychrophrynella iani is only known from the type locality (Tucurmani Molino and Achapampa, Cantón Tacacoma, Province of Larecaja, Department of La Paz, Bolivia) and its vicinities (De la Riva 2007). It may occur in areas adjacent to the type locality (I. De la Riva pers. comm. 2008). It occurs between 3,000-3,500 m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

This species is found in humid páramo habitat. Individuals of this species were found under a large moss patch and under stones, near a narrow rivulet (ca 10 cms) by day during the dry season. No eggs were found. The species presumably breeds by direct development.


No population status information is currently available for this species. It was first and last seen in 1995 (C. Cortez pers. comm. 2008).

Population Trend


Major Threats

Potato crops are grown in the near vicinity (C. Cortez pers. comm. 2008). In addition, a restricted geographic distribution and the predicted effects of climate change (e.g., drying up of regions) are considered to pose serious threats to the species (I. De la Riva pers. comm. 2008).

Conservation Actions

No conservation measures are known for this species.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient as it was first and last seen in 1995 in a poorly surveyed region and there is very little information on its population status, ecology and threats.

Taxonomic Notes

Psychrophrynella iani is distinguished from other similar species by a combination of morphological features (De la Riva 2007).


Cortez, C., De la Riva, I. & Angulo, A. 2009. Psychrophrynella iani. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T136102A4235698. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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