Telmatobius schreiteri
La Rioja Water Frog
family: Telmatobiidae
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 is known only from two localities within the Famatina range of mountains, Aimogasta (type locality 28° 33'S; 66° 49'W) and a gorge near to Anjullon (28° 44'S; 66° 56'W), in La Rioja Province, western Argentina. It has been recorded from elevations between 1,800 and 2,050m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is wholly aquatic, breeding in high mountain streams surrounded by dry bush land, and is not present in modified habitats.


It is a rare species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Current threats include the introduction of predatory fishes (trout); stream pollution through livestock and mining activities; collection of streamside vegetation (with resulting increased runoff); and destruction of high mountain bogs and other watersheds. Chytridiomycosis is a potential future threat.

Conservation Actions

It is not present in any protected areas, and protection of suitable habitat is clearly required. There is also a need for continued population monitoring, particularly given the threat of chytrid.

Red List Status

Endangered (EN)


Listed as Endangered, in view of its area of occupancy of less than 500 km2, with all individuals in fewer than five locations, and a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in La Rioja Province, Argentina.


Esteban Lavilla 2004. Telmatobius schreiteri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57359A11627198. .Downloaded on 22 January 2019


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