Adelophryne baturitensis
family: Eleutherodactylidae
subfamily: Phyzelaphryninae
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: Brazil


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from the Serra (or Maciço) de Baturité, in the State of Ceará, north-eastern Brazil, at 600–1,000 m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

Most specimens have been found in dry or moist leaf-litter on the ground, in bromeliads, and stream margins in reasonably well-preserved closed forests. However, it can also survive in shaded coffee plantations. It is a diurnal species that breeds by direct development, and the eggs are probably deposited in wet spots on the ground.


It was very common within its small range, and often found at numerous localities since it was first described up until 1993; however, from 1994 to 2003 there were 34 surveys of the same sites and not a single individual was found, until in July 2004 three individuals were recorded.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The major threat is habitat loss due to logging, agriculture, and human settlement. The very good soils and favourable climate of the area are encouraging agricultural expansion, and the species is unable to survive in the banana plantations that are rapidly taking over the area.

Conservation Actions

It is not known from any protected areas, and there is clearly a need for improved habitat protection at sites where this species is known to occur. Further survey work is needed to determine whether or not this species is experiencing a decline, or whether or not it is just undergoing natural population fluctuations.

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)


Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km², all individuals are in fewer than ten locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Maciço de Baturité.


Débora Silvano, Diva Borges-Najosa 2004. Adelophryne baturitensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56300A11452255. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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