This species is known only from the type locality in Aguadita Springs (30km north in Famatina village: 28° 54'S; 67° 31'W), La Rioja, Argentina, at 2,200m asl, and from one other site nearby. Specimens referred to this species from Catamarca Province (in Lavilla and Cei 2001) do not pertain to this species.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in montane dry shrublands and nearby rocky outcrops, and breeds by larval development in small spring-fed pools.
Its population status is not known. The type series was collected in the 1970s, but no one has returned to the type locality since then. However, a few adults were found at a nearby site in 2002.
The major threats to this species are nomadic livestock and firewood extraction, which cause habitat loss and degradation.
It is not known to occur in any protected areas.
Red List Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Esteban Lavilla, Ismael di Tada, Boris Blotto 2004. Odontophrynus barrioi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57187A11583761. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57187A11583761.en .Downloaded on 20 February 2019