Pristimantis rhigophilus
family: Strabomantidae
subfamily: Pristimantinae
Species Description: La Marca E 2007 Sinopsis taxonomica de dos generos nuevos de anfibios (Anura: Leptodactylidae) de los Andes de Venezuela. Herpetotropicos 3:67-87.
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: Venezuela



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

Pristimantis rhigophilus is known from the type locality and its vicinities: Páramo de Guaramacal (9 13’ 53.9’’ N, 70 11’ 08.7’’ W, 3100 masl), on the Laguna de Los Cedros- Guaramacal road, Municipality of Boconó, Trujillo state, Venezuela. It is known to occur between 2360-3100 masl.

Habitat and Ecology

The species is found from montane rain forest to páramo. Individuals have been found under rocks in a páramo pasture-like area, with a vegetation landscape dominated by Espeletia sp. and Puya sp., a habitat that is shared with Pristimantis boconoensis. One individual was also found under a rock near a forest stream in a transition zone between cloud forest and páramo; other species found in this habitat include Atelopus sp. and Nephelobates sp. (La Marca, 2007).


This has been always a rare species to find (E. La Marca, pers. comm. 2008).

Population Trend


Major Threats

No major threats are currently known for this species.

Conservation Actions

This species occurs in Guaramacal National Park (a.k.a. General Cruz Carrillo National Park)(E. La Marca, pers. comm. 2008).

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little known about its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements.

Taxonomic Notes

La Marca (2007) erected the genus Mucubatrachus to accommodate species that have a dermal fold posterior to the urostyle and before the cloaca. Hedges et al. (2008), however, subsequently placed Mucubatrachus in the synonymy of Pristimantis. Pristimantis rhigophilus can be distinguished from other similar species by a combination of morphological characters and colour patterns (La Marca, 2007).


Enrique La Marca 2008. Pristimantis rhigophilus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136100A4234892. .Downloaded on 16 February 2019


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