Gastrotheca christiani
family: Hemiphractidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Argentina


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs on the slopes of the Andes in Jujuy Province, Argentina, at mid elevations from 1,550-2,600m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a terrestrial species that lives in montane forests (Yungas), and occurs arboreally in tree crowns, tree holes and rock crevices. Although there are records of this species persisting in moderately disturbed habitats for a few decades, intensification of the disturbance eventually led to the species' disappearance in these areas. Males call from burrows, and during amplexus, males place eggs in the marsupial pouch on the female's back. The eggs hatch and the larvae develop in the pouch, which is also where they develop into froglets.


It is very rare, but has been collected as recently as 2002.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The major threat is habitat loss, mainly due to selective logging and clear cutting of primary forests.

Conservation Actions

Some populations are protected in Parque Nacional Calilegua, but there is a need for additional protection of Yungas habitat in the range of this species.

Red List Status

Endangered (EN)


Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in Jujuy Province, Argentina.

Taxonomic Notes

This genus has recently been moved from the family Hylidae (Faivovich et al. 2005).


Esteban Lavilla 2004. Gastrotheca christiani. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55327A11293784. .Downloaded on 19 January 2019


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