This species occurs in the Yungas of the department of La Paz, Bolivia, at an altitudinal range of 3,000-3,600m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits upper montane humid forests. It is an aquatic species that has been observed both in streams and under big, flat stones (Lavilla and Ergueta 1995). There is no information on the breeding habits of this species, but it presumably breeds in streams.
It is an uncommon species; the most recent records date to 2004.
This species might be threatened by the loss of riparian habitat and water pollution, presumably from agricultural activity and from domestic sources. It might also be susceptible to infection with the chytrid pathogen.
It might be present in Parque Nacional Cotapata and in the Apollobamba Mountains. There is a need for close monitoring of the status of this species given the potential threat of chytridiomycosis.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable, because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its wetland habitat.
We follow De la Riva et al. (2000) in considering this species to be separate from Telmatobius marmoratus, and also follow De la Riva (2004) in considering T. jahuira as a synonym of T. verrucosus.
Ignacio De la Riva 2004. Telmatobius verrucosus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57367A11615555. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57367A11615555.en .Downloaded on 19 December 2018