Bryophryne bustamantei 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Craugastoridae

Scientific Name: Bryophryne bustamantei (Chaparro, De la Riva, Padial, Ochoa & Lehr, 2007)
Phrynopus bustamantei Chaparro, De la Riva, Padial, Ochoa & Lehr, 2007
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: Bryophryne bustamantei can be distinguished from other similar species by a combination of morphological features and colour patterns (Chaparro et al., 2007).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B2ab(ii,iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Juan Carlos Chaparro
Reviewer(s): Ariadne Angulo and Simon Stuart
Listed as Endangered given that the range of this species is smaller than 500 km2, its population size is reduced, and its habitat is threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Bryophryne bustamantei is known only from the Umasbamba Valley, near Abra de Málaga, and Canchayoc, District of Huayopata, Province of La Convención, Department of Cusco, Peru, between 3,555–3,950 masl (Chaparro et al. 2007).
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Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):3555
Upper elevation limit (metres):3950
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Population [top]

Population:This is considered to be a rare species (Chaparro et al. 2007).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species inhabits the transitional zone from cloud forest to puna. Individuals were found in two kinds of habitats: humid, grassy puna (between 3,700–3,950 m) and the adjacent humid forest (between 3,555–3,700 m). These frogs can be found during both rainy and dry seasons, under stones along roads, within bushes and grass, and under moss. Males call from bushes during the day in April. The female holotype, collected in April, contained convoluted oviducts. Other amphibians found in sympatry were Nannophryne corynetes, Gastrotheca excubitor, Pleurodema marmoratum, and Pristimantis rhabdolaemus (Chaparro et al. 2007).

The species is thought to have direct development. It may possibly reproduce during the rainy season, e.g., April (J.C. Chaparro, pers. comm. 2008).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The type locality of B. bustamantei is being severely affected by the construction of the Cusco-Quillabamba road and the increasing human activity in the area (Chaparro et al. 2007). Given the restricted distribution of the species and its rarity, Chaparro et al. (2007) proposed to include it as “Endangered” in the Peruvian official list of threatened species and in the IUCN Red List.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures are currently known for this species.

Citation: Juan Carlos Chaparro. 2008. Bryophryne bustamantei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136034A4236687. . Downloaded on 27 May 2018.
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