Atelopus erythropus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Bufonidae

Scientific Name: Atelopus erythropus Boulenger, 1903
Common Name(s):
English Carabaya Stubfoot Toad
Spanish Sapo de Talones Carabaya
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2014. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6 (27 January 2014). New York, USA. Available at: (Accessed: 27 January 2014).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A3ce ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
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Assessor(s): Ariadne Angulo, Karl-Heinz Jungfer, Robert Reynolds, Javier Icochea, Stefan Lötters, Roberto Ibáñez, Juan Carlos Chaparro-Auza, César Aguilar Puntriano
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 only from the vicinity of the type locality of Cordillera Carabaya on the Amazonian versant of Departamento Puno, Peru. Records of this species from Departamento Huánuco and Departamento Ucayali (Rodriguez, Cordova and Icochea 1993) require further investigation. It has an altitudinal range of 1,800-2,500m asl.
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Population [top]

Population:Its population is unknown, but it might be declining. It has been recorded as recently as 2003.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species' habitat is cloud forest on the Amazonian versant of the Peruvian Andes. The species is not expected to be tolerant of habitat degradation. Breeding is presumed to take place in streams.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat is likely to be chytridiomycosis, leading to a catastrophic population decline, as has occurred in many other montane species of Atelopus. This disease has not yet been recorded in this species, but incidence of the disease is known to be spreading in northern Peru.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is not present in any protected areas. If chytridiomycosis is indeed shown to be a threat to this species, then the maintenance of populations in captivity will be a needed conservation measure.

Citation: Ariadne Angulo, Karl-Heinz Jungfer, Robert Reynolds, Javier Icochea, Stefan Lötters, Roberto Ibáñez, Juan Carlos Chaparro-Auza, César Aguilar Puntriano. 2004. Atelopus erythropus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54506A11153518. . Downloaded on 23 April 2018.
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