Atelopus carrikeri


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Atelopus carrikeri
Species Authority: Ruthven, 1916
Common Name(s):
English Guajira Stubfoot Toad
Atelopus leoperezii Ruiz-Carranza, Ardila-Robayo and Hernández-Camacho, 1994
Taxonomic Notes: We follow Coloma (2002) in considering Atelopus leoperezii as a synonym of this species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A3ce ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-11-10
Assessor(s): Andrés Acosta-Galvis, Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
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.
2004 Critically Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the páramos of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in the department of Magdalena, Colombia. It has been recorded between 2,350 and 4,800m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: Although common in the past, the species had not been seen since 1994, due to a lack of surveys in the area. It was recently rediscovered (many tadpoles and six adult males) in early February 2008, in La Serrania de Cebolleta. Two of the six adults were reported ill (Rueda Solano 2008).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in sub-Andean and Andean forests, and páramo, and also the lower portion of snowy areas. It can adapt to some modification of its habitat. It lays egg chains in streams, where the tadpoles also develop.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The most serious threat to this species is the risk of chytridiomycosis, which has had a devastating impact on other high-altitude Atelopus species. Climate change, habitat loss caused by agriculture, and crop fumigation, are all also major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Its range includes Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Surveys to determine the current population status of this species are currently underway (L.A. Rueda Solano pers. comm. 2008). A captive-breeding programme might need to be established.

Citation: Andrés Acosta-Galvis, Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo 2010. Atelopus carrikeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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