Atelopus andinus Rivero, 1968
|Species Description: Rivero, J.A. 1968. More on the Atelopus (Amphibia, Salientia) from western South America. Caribbean Journal of Science: 19-29.|
Atelopus andinus can be differentiated from other Atelopus species by its grandular skin and color pattern. Specifically, Atelopus andinus is differentiated from Atelopus spumarius by having more dense tubercles, especially on the eyelid, dorsolateral area, and posterior end. Additionally, the dorsolateral band and dorsal spots are tan instead of ranging from green to green-yellow in Atelopus spumarius (Rivero 1968).
Atelopus andinus has a black dorsum with a tan dorsolateral band and tan dorsal spots (Rivero 1968). They exhibit bright colors, which serve as visual warnings that these frogs do secrete toxins in their skin (Lotters 2003).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Peru
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Atelopus andinus was originally described as a subspecies to Atelopus spumarius (Rivero 1968) and elevated to species by Lötters and De la Riva (1998).
Duellman, W.E., Lynch, J.D. (1969). ''Description of Atelopus Tadpoles and Their Relevance to the Atelopoid Classication.'' Herpetologica, 25(4), 231-240.
Lotters, S. (2003). ''On the Systematics of the Harlequin Frogs (Amphibia: Bufonidae: Atelopus) From Amazonia. III: A New, Remarkably Dimorphic Species From the Cordillera Azul, Peru.'' Salamandra, 39(3/4), 169-180.
Lötters, S., De La Riva, I. (1998). ''Redescription of Atelopus tricolor Boulenger from southeastern Peru and adjacent Bolivia, with comments on related forms.'' Journal of Herpetology, 32(4), 481-488.
Lötters, S., Salas, A., Angulo, A., Icochea, J., Reynolds, R., La Marca E. (2004). Atelopus andinus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 11 April 2014.
Rivero, J.A. (1968). ''More on the Atelopus (Amphibia, Salientia) from western South America.'' Caribbean Journal of Science, 8(1-2), 19-29.
Originally submitted by: Taylor Bonnet (first posted 2015-01-19)
Comments by: Michelle S. Koo (updated 2022-07-12)
Edited by: Ann T. Chang, Michelle S. Koo (2022-07-12)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2022 Atelopus andinus <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/5537> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 31, 2023.
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