This species occurs in the eastern Andes of Bolivia, between Chapare Province, in the department of Cochabamba, and Caballero Province, in the department of Santa Cruz, at 2,000-3,000m asl (De la Riva 1994).
Habitat and Ecology
It is an aquatic species that can be observed on the bottom of small streams or rivers, and in ponds, in montane cloud forest and Yungas forest. It presumably breeds in water by larval development. It is not known from exposed areas outside forest.
It is locally common.
It is probably declining because of habitat loss and degradation, due to agriculture and logging, and also water pollution. Chytridiomycosis is a potential future threat.
It presumably occurs in Parque Nacional Carrasco. 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, it is known from fewer than ten locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Bolivian Andes.
Claudia Cortez, Steffen Reichle, Ignacio De la Riva, Jörn Köhler 2004. Telmatobius yuracare. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57369A11627745. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57369A11627745.en .Downloaded on 16 November 2018