Oreobates lehri
family: Strabomantidae
subfamily: Pristimantinae
Species Description: Padial, Chapparo, De la Riva I 2007 A New Species of the Eleutherodactylus discoidalis Group (Anura: Brachycephalidae) from the Cloud Forests Of Peru. Herpetologica 63(1): 114-122
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Peru


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is restricted to Cordillera Vilcabamba, where it is known from two localities in the Region of Cusco: the type locality (Apurimac River Valley, Camisea Natural Gas Pipeline, 2,445 m asl) and from 40 km from Vilcabamba, at 2,850 m asl (Padial et al. 2012). The localities are separated by an airline distance of ca 60 km and constitute two distinct threat-defined locations. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 1,531 km2.

Habitat and Ecology

This species inhabits primary cloud forests, where individuals have been found on the ground. Reproduction occurs via direct development. A gravid female was found during the dry season, suggesting that the species may reproduce throughout the year (I. De la Riva pers. comm. 2008).


It is considered to be a rare species (J.M. Padial pers. comm. December 2009).

Population Trend


Major Threats

While there is some habitat loss due to agricultural activities, it is believed to be localized (J.M. Padial pers. comm. December 2009).

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It does not occur in any protected areas. It is listed as Endangered (EN) in Peru and has legal protection provided by the Categorization in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna (Decreto Supremo Nº004-2014-MINAGRI), which bans all hunting, capture, possession, transport or export of the species for commercial purposes.

Conservation Needed
The creation of additional protected areas in the Andean piedmont is recommended (J.M. Padial pers. comm. December 2009). 

Research Needed
More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status, ecology, and threats.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Endangered because of its extent of occurrence (EOO) of 1,531 km2, it occurs in two threat-defined locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat along the Cordillera Vilcabamba in the Peruvian Andes.

Taxonomic Notes

Oreobates lehri was initially ascribed to two distant populations, one in Cordillera Vilcabamba, which is now considered typical O. lehri, and one in the Andean hills of the Kosñipata Valley, to which is now assigned to O. gemcare (Padial et al. 2012). This is a restricted concept of O. lehri following the split of the broader concept into this and O. gemcare (Padial et al. 2012).


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2018. Oreobates lehri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T78526171A518002. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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