This species is known only from one threat-defined location: its type locality at Río Vilama, in El Loa Province, Chile, at 2,500 m asl. However, its range might be wider than is currently recognized. It has an area of occupancy and extent of occurrence of 9 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
It occurs within a montane river in the high desert.
The species is not abundant and it is suspected to be decreasing due to ongoing habitat degradation and loss.
The major threat to this species is water pollution caused by mining activities. Abstraction of surface water for human consumption and agriculture, as well as recreational activities, are affecting it.
This species is not known to occur in any protected areas.
Red List Status
Critically Endangered (CR)
Listed as Critically Endangered because it is known from a single, small location that is heavily affected by different threats causing ongoing reduction in habitat quality and quantity, including seepage from mining, recreational activities and abstraction of surface water. In addition, the species does not occur in any protected area.
May be a synonym of T. dankoi (Sáez et al. 2014).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2015. Telmatobius vilamensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T57368A79813874. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T57368A79813874.en .Downloaded on 21 November 2018