Pristimantis turik
family: Strabomantidae
subfamily: Pristimantinae
Species Description: Barrio-Amoros CL, Rojas-Runjaic JM, Infante EE 2007 Tres nuevos Pristimantis (Anura: Strabomantidae) de la sierra de Perija, estado Zulia, Venezuela. Rev. Esp. Herp. 2007 21:71-94.
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

This species is currently only known from its type locality: Cueva del Agua, Mesa Turik, municipality of Rosario de Perijá, Sierra de Perijá, Zulia state, Venezuela. It occurs at 1,700 m asl (Barrio-Amorós et al. 2007). Mesa Turik is a prominent rocky tableau of about 120 km2 (see (Barrio-Amorós et al. 2007). This frog may occur more widely within the realm of the Sierra de Perijá (C. Barrio-Amorós pers. comm. January 2011).

Habitat and Ecology

There is no information on this species' habitats and ecology. It is presumed to occur in montane forests and to breed by direct development.


No population status information is currently available for this species. It is only known from a single specimen, the holotype.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is deforestation due to subsistence agriculture at its type locality (C. Barrio-Amorós pers. comm. January 2011), but the most pressing problem in this region is the commercial exploitation of coco yam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium), which has caused the deforestation of large swaths of land in the lowlands and mid-elevation areas of Perijá, including within the National Park Sierra de Perijá (F. Rojas-Runjaic pers. comm. January 2011). In addition, there has been a recent colonization of land by displaced farmers from Colombia, who bring in new crops, such as tomatoes, and the use of agrochemicals, both within and outside the national park (F. Rojas-Runjaic pers. comm. January 2011).

Conservation Actions

No conservation actions are currently known for this species. Measures are needed to address loss of forest habitat at the type locality, and to empower local communities to better use their resources (C. Barrio-Amorós pers. comm. January 2011). More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status, natural history and threats.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


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


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2011. Pristimantis turik. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T173003A6956272. .Downloaded on 24 February 2019


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