Telmatobius bolivianus
family: Telmatobiidae
Species Description: de la Riva I 2005 Bolivian frogs of the genus Telmatobius: synopsis, taxonomic comments and description of a new species. Rev Herp Esp Monogr Herpetolog 7:65-101
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Near Threatened (NT)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Bolivia



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from the Yungas forests of La Paz Department, Bolivia, from 2,000-3,000m asl. Telmatobius ifornoi, known only from Chuspipata, in Nor Yungas Province, La Paz Department, at 3,050m asl, is now considered to be a synonym (Lavilla and Ergueta 1999).

Habitat and Ecology

It is an aquatic species that occurs in fast-flowing rivers and streams in cloud forests and Yungas forest. It is often present in the muddy bottoms of streams. There is no information on its breeding biology, though it presumably takes place by larval development in streams.


This is the most common and widespread Telmatobius species in Bolivia.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is affected by ongoing habitat loss and degradation, as a result of logging and agricultural expansion. It is also threatened by water pollution and aquaculture. Despite these threats its populations appear to be currently stable. However, chytridiomycosis is a potential future threat that could cause serious declines, but this has not yet been confirmed in this species.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in Parque Nacional y Área Natural de Manejo Integrado Cotapata, and Área Natural de Manejo Integrado Nacional Apolobamba. Given the possible threat of chytridiomycosis, this species should be monitored closely.

Red List Status

Near Threatened (NT)


Listed as Near Threatened since although its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 5,000 km2 and its habitat might be declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable, it probably occurs in more than ten locations, and its range is probably not severely fragmented.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was formerly considered to be a synonym of Telmatobius marmoratus (Vellard 1970). It was resurrected as a full species by De la Riva et al. (2000). T. ifornoi is included as a synonym of this species, following De la Riva (2005).


Claudia Cortez, Steffen Reichle, Ignacio De la Riva, Jörn Köhler 2004. Telmatobius bolivianus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57326A11621673. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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