Atelopus chocoensis 

Scope: Global
Language: English

Translate page into:

Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Bufonidae

Scientific Name: Atelopus chocoensis Lötters, 1992
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2016. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0 (31 March 2016). New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A3ce ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Fernando Castro, Stefan Lötters, Jose Vicente Rueda
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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from the type locality: Cerro del Ingles near San Jose del Palmor, close to Serrania de los Paraguas, in Choco department, between 1,900 and 2,200m asl. It is also known from Boqueron in the Municipality of El Cairo, Valle del Cauca department, in Colombia. It might occur a little more widely.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:The current population status is unknown, and it is known from less than 10 specimens. The species was last collected in 1998, and the area has most likely not been surveyed since then.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:A terrestrial species, it occurs in montane forest on the forest floor and near the forest edge. It has not been recorded from anthropogenically disturbed habitats. Its breeding habits are not known, although breeding is likely to take place in streams.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Like other Atelopus species, it is presumably at serious risk from chytridiomycosis. Habitat loss due to subsistence wood collection and clear-cutting, and forest clearance for the planting of illegal crops and cattle ranching, is also a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The range of the species includes the Parque Nacional Natural Tatamá. More research into the species' range, ecological requirements, and population status is needed. The threat of chytridiomycosis means that successful conservation measures will probably need to include the maintenance of any surviving individuals in captivity.

Citation: Fernando Castro, Stefan Lötters, Jose Vicente Rueda. 2004. Atelopus chocoensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54499A11144682. . Downloaded on 24 October 2017.
Disclaimer: To make use of this information, please check the <Terms of Use>.
Feedback: If you see any errors or have any questions or suggestions on what is shown on this page, please provide us with feedback so that we can correct or extend the information provided