Nymphargus cariticommatus
family: Centrolenidae
subfamily: Centroleninae
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: Ecuador


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from the type locality near Plan de Milagro, Morona Santiago Province, Ecuador, at 2,350m asl; and disjunctively at the Estación Biólogica Yanayacu, on the eastern slope of the Cordillera Oriental, Napo Province, Ecuador, at 2,145m asl. Its distribution might be wider than is currently recognized, especially in the area between the currently known sites.

Habitat and Ecology

This species lives in cloud forest, where specimens have been collected from the upper sides of leaves and ferns within 2m of cascading streams (Wild 1994). It is found in old growth forest only. Eggs are laid on vegetation, and the larvae develop in water.


Although it was common at Yanayacu in 2003, it was rare when it was collected near Plan de Milagro in 1984.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Habitat destruction and degradation due to agricultural development and logging are threats to this species. It has what appears to be a very narrow altitudinal range, potentially making it vulnerable to climate change.

Conservation Actions

It is not currently known to occur in any of the Ecuadorian state natural protected areas. It is, however, protected at the Estación Biólogica Yanayacu.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Almeida 2004. Nymphargus cariticommatus. In: IUCN 2014


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