This species is endemic to the Arequipa region of Perú (Arequipa and Moquegua departments). It has an altitudinal range of 2,000-4,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a riparian semi-aquatic frog. It is present in streams, wet grassland and shrublands, and ditches. It may be found in modified habitats wherever there are streams or ditches. Eggs are laid in the water.
It is common where it occurs, but declines have been noted at lower elevations, probably because of over-harvesting.
A major threat to this species is water pollution caused by agrochemicals and domestic waste. It is also harvested for food and for use in traditional medicine. Telmatobius populations living at high elevations might be very susceptible to infection with chytrid, although this pathogen has yet to be reported from T. arequipensis.
It is present in Salinas y Aguada Blanca Reserva Nacional. Education programmes are needed to inform local people of the importance of ensuring that the harvest of this species from the wild is managed sustainably. 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 of an observed population decline, estimated to be more than 30% over the last three generations, principally due to over-exploitation. Its generation length is assumed to be five years.
Javier Icochea, Daniel Neira, Ulrich Sinsch 2004. Telmatobius arequipensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57324A11620957. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57324A11620957.en .Downloaded on 17 November 2018