Oreophrynella quelchii
family: Bufonidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Guyana, Venezuela


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is restricted to the summit of Mount Roraima in Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil, and from Wei-Assipo-Tepui in Guyana. It has been recorded from 2,300-2,800m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

A diurnal toad usually found on open rock surfaces in high montane tepui environments. It breeds by direct development.


It is common on the summit of Mount Roraima, and its population is probably stable.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Although there are no current major threats, the restricted range of this species makes it more vulnerable to threatening processes, such as disturbance by tourists (who frequently handle the animals).

Conservation Actions

It is protected in Monumento Natural Los Tepuyes in Venezuela, and Parque Nacional Monte Roraima in Brazil. There is a need for increased education among tourists to make them aware of the importance of not handling these animals in the wild. Close population monitoring is also required, particularly since this species is known only from a single location.

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)


Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only two locations.


Marinus Hoogmoed, Celsa SeƱaris 2004. Oreophrynella quelchii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54853A11216183. .Downloaded on 18 January 2019


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