Hyloxalus pulcherrimus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Dendrobatidae

Scientific Name: Hyloxalus pulcherrimus (Duellman, 2004)
Colostethus pulcherrimus Duellman, 2004
Taxonomic Notes: This species was first described as Colostethus pulcherrimus by Duellman (2004) and subsequently transferred to Hyloxalus by Grant et al. (2006).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2010-10-28
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Lau, M. & Richards, S.
Contributor(s): Bowles, P.
Listed as Data Deficient since it has only recently been described, and there is still very little information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements. It is known from a very restricted area, but no information is available on possible or ongoing threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This frog is only known to occur in a valley in the vicinity of Cutervo village, Region of Cajamarca, in the northern Peruvian Andes (Duellman 2004). It has been recorded from 2,620 m asl.
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Number of Locations:1
Lower elevation limit (metres):2620
Upper elevation limit (metres):2620
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Population [top]

Population:No population information is available for this species. There are no known recent surveys for this frog.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Frogs have only been found in small, rocky streams near or within cultivated land (Duellman 2004).
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There are no reports of this species being utilized. However, Peruvian species of Hyloxalus, in common with other poison dart frogs, may be at risk from smuggling to support the international pet trade (von May et al. 2008).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species has a very restricted geographic range, but there is no information on major threats. The fungal disease chytridiomycosis was first reported from Peru in 1998 (Lips et al. 2008), and has been associated with severe declines and extinctions among Andean amphibians, especially of high-elevation, stream-breeding frogs with small ranges (Whittaker and Vredenburg 2010). It is, however, unknown whether this disease represents a specific threat to this species. This species is known only from an agricultural landscape, but it is unknown whether it is at risk from agricultural development.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This frog is known only from a site within a protected area (Aguilar et al. 2010), Cutervo National Park. No species-specific conservation measures are known to be in place. More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status, natural history and threats.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2011. Hyloxalus pulcherrimus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T185799A8480228. . Downloaded on 20 April 2018.
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