This species occurs in the southern Andean highlands of Bolivia, in Sud Lípez, in the southern part of the department of Potosí, at around 4,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is an aquatic species that lives in very scattered populations in small streams, rivers and peat bogs, in a cold desert landscape. Some populations live in thermal springs. It presumably breeds by larval development in water.
It is locally common. Although its populations appear to be relatively stable, there is some evidence of a decline.
The causes of the observed declines are not known, but given the high elevation at which the species occurs, climate change could be a threat.
It occurs in the National Reserve of Andine Fauna Eduardo Avaroa. Further research is needed to investigate the reasons for the declines observed in this species.
Red List Status
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in its Area of Occupancy and in the number of sub-populations in the Bolivian Andes.
Claudia Cortez, Steffen Reichle, Ignacio De la Riva, Jörn Köhler 2004. Telmatobius huayra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57342A11624346. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57342A11624346.en .Downloaded on 17 January 2019