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Atelopus angelito

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA BUFONIDAE

Scientific Name: Atelopus angelito
Species Authority: Ardila-Robayo and Ruíz-Carranza, 1998

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A3ce ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: María Cristina Ardila-Robayo, Wilmar Bolívar, Jose Vicente Rueda, Andrés Acosta-Galvis, John Lynch
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Justification:
Listed as Critically Endangered because of a projected population decline, estimated to be more than 80% over the next ten years, inferred from declines in other high altitude Atelopus species in the same region, probably due to chytridiomycosis.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from near Valencia, San Sebastián Municipality, in Cauca Department, Colombia, at elevations of 2,900-3,000m asl. It might occur more widely than current records suggest.
Countries:
Native:
Colombia
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Population [top]

Population: There is very little information available, but it was collected as recently as 2000.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found on vegetation along side streams in montane Andean forests and sub-páramo bush land. There is no information known about breeding habitats, or its ability to tolerate habitat disturbance.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There have been serious declines of other high-elevation Atelopus species in the region suggesting that this species might also be at risk. The cause of the declines is still not fully understood, though chytridiomycosis is almost certainly involved, possibly in combination with the effects of climate change.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The type locality is within Parque Nacional Natural Puracé, which might benefit in future from improved management. However, given the likely threat of chytridiomycosis, disease management and captive-breeding programmes might be required. Research into this species' population status and ecological requirements is needed, in particular to determine if it occurs outside the vicinity of the type locality.
Citation: María Cristina Ardila-Robayo, Wilmar Bolívar, Jose Vicente Rueda, Andrés Acosta-Galvis, John Lynch 2004. Atelopus angelito. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 April 2014.
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