Phrynopus capitalis
family: Strabomantidae
subfamily: Pristimantinae
Species Description: Rodriquez LO, Catenazzi A 2017 Four new species of terrestrial-breeding frogs of the genus Phrynopus (Anura: Terrarana: Craugastoridae) from Rio Abiseo National Park, Peru. Zootaxa 4273: 381-406.

© 2017 Lily O. Rodriguez (1 of 1)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Peru



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from the type locality: Lake Manachaqui in the Manachaqui Valley, near Río Abiseo National Park, La Libertad Region, Peru, at 3,600 m asl (Rodríguez and Catenazzi 2017). It is expected to have a small geographic range.

Habitat and Ecology

This species inhabits wet montane grasslands. The three known specimens were found within a 100 m2 area in the wettest flat area of the Manachaqui Valley, among dense moss vegetation (Rodriguez and Catenazzi 2017). It is presumed that this species has a cryptic mode of life restricted to moss, and reproduces by direct development similar to other members of the genus.


There is little information available on the population status and trends for this species, as it is known only from the few individuals that comprise the type series (Rodríguez and Catenazzi 2017).

Population Trend


Major Threats

The threats to this species are unknown.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It has so far only been found outside of Río Abiseo National Park, but might be present in areas of the same habitat within the park. 
Research Needed
More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status, natural history, and threats.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence (EOO), population status and ecological requirements.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2017. Phrynopus capitalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T114106920A114106936. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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