This species is widely distributed from coastal northern Colombia, through Venezuela (from the Orinoco basin northwards), to the lower elevations of Trinidad. However, because of the taxonomic problems associated with this species, this distribution might not be very meaningful. It occurs up to 400m asl in Venezuela, and up to 1,000m asl at Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada of Colombia.
Habitat and Ecology
It is generally a terrestrial species that is usually found in lowlands plains, savannahs, and dry forest. It breeds in temporary and permanent ponds. On Trinidad, it is found in cane fields, rice fields, and other open agricultural areas. It can penetrate forests by following roads and lumber tracts, and has been reported from a number of disturbed habitats (eg. construction sites devoid of any vegetation).
It is a very abundant species.
It is not likely to be seriously threatened, but might be impacted be fires and droughts.
It occurs in several protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
This species was originally considered to be a subspecies of Rhinella granulosa. However, Rivero et al. (1986) recognized this taxon as a full species. However, it might be a synonym of Rhinella humboldti (E. La Marca pers. comm.).
Jose Vicente Rueda, Abraham Mijares, Jerry Hardy 2004. Rhinella beebei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54585A11155707. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T54585A11155707.en