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Atelopus carbonerensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA BUFONIDAE

Scientific Name: Atelopus carbonerensis
Species Authority: Rivero, 1974
Common Name(s):
English La Carbonera Stubfoot Toad, Venezuelan Yellow Frog
Spanish Sapito Arlequin De La Carbonera
Taxonomic Notes: This species was elevated to species status by La Marca (1983).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A2ace; B2ab(v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2004-05-31
Assessor(s): Enrique La Marca, Argelia Rodríguez, Juan Elías García-Pérez
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Justification:
Listed as Critically Endangered because of a drastic population decline, estimated to be more than 80% over the last ten years, inferred from the apparent disappearance of most of the population (probably due to chytridiomycosis); and because its Area of Occupancy is less than 10km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the number of mature individuals.
History:
2004 Critically Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from a single locality estimated to be less than 10km² in size (La Marca 1992) in the state of Mérida, in the Venezuelan Andes. In the past, it was most common at the Bosque de San Eusebio (La Carbonera). It has been recorded from 2,000-2,800m asl.
Countries:
Possibly extinct:
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Populations of this frog seem to be restricted to the type locality, where it was formerly abundant, but is now extremely rare, and possibly even extinct. It was last recorded in 1998, despite intensive searches for the species. Observations of population declines were made by La Marca (1995b).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is an inhabitant of cloud forest and it is found along streams. Surviving populations, if it is still extant, are restricted to an isolated patch of forest surrounded by pasturelands. It lays eggs chains in streams, and the larvae develop in these streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The first alert about the conservation status of the species was advanced by La Marca and Reinthaler (1991).  Infection with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in this species was reported by Lampo et al. (2006a). Local climate data indicate that one of the most severe dry seasons recorded in the region since 1970 coincided with epidemic events. Logging and agricultural expansion, both for crops and livestock, are also major threats to the species' habitat. The recent introduction of Lithobates catesbeianus in places near the type locality poses the problem of a new predator. It has been recorded occasionally in the international pet trade although not at levels thought to pose a major threat to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Parque Nacional Sierra de La Culata and a few unprotected areas nearby (La Marca and Lötters 1997). Given the threat of chytridiomycosis, surviving individuals might need to be maintained in captivity.

Citation: Enrique La Marca, Argelia Rodríguez, Juan Elías García-Pérez 2010. Atelopus carbonerensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 November 2014.
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