Atelopus guitarraensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Bufonidae

Scientific Name: Atelopus guitarraensis Osorno Muñoz, Ardila-Robayo & Ruíz-Carranza, 2001
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: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2016-08-01
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Luedtke, J.
Contributor(s): Acevedo Rincón, A., Rymel Acosta-Galvis, A., Crawford, A., Rivas, G., Chaves, G., Medina Rangel, G.F., Ardila-Robayo, M., Osorno-Muñoz, M. & Urbina, N.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Hobin, L., NatureServe
Listed as Data Deficient because there is insufficient information about this species' distribution, population size and trends, and threats.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is only known to occur in the Laguna de Guitara, Sumapaz National Park, Meta Department, Colombia, at 3,400 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):3400
Upper elevation limit (metres):3400
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Population [top]

Population:It is a rare species. It has only been recorded only from two expeditions conducted in 1975 and 1990, but there has been no subsequent survey work for this species (Colombia Red List Assessment Workshop August 2016).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species lives and reproduces in streams in páramo habitats. The type series was collected from the moss layer on the ground. There is no information on habitat disturbance effects on the population.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Unknown
Movement patterns:Not a Migrant

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There are no records of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is reported from Chingaza National Natural Park, from the municipality of Supatá, and from the Cerros Orientales National Park. As Sumpaz National Natural Park exhibits the same páramo ecosystem, at the same altitude along the southern páramo complex of the Cordillera Oriental, we assume that the most serious risk to this species is chytridiomycosis. While there is currently no direct information confirming that chytrid has caused declines in this species, this would be consistent with the pattern of decline in many other montane Atelopus species, and it is therefore reasonable to infer that the disease might be the cause of any declines in this species (Colombia Red List Assessment Workshop August 2016).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation ActionsThis species occurs in Sumapaz National Park. As this National Park contains anti-personal mines there is no human presence on the region, and the type locality is well protected.

Conservation Needed
Given the threat of chytridiomycosis, a captive-breeding programme might need to be established for this species.

Research Needed
Further work is required to determine the population status of this species.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2017. Atelopus guitarraensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T54516A49536067. . Downloaded on 25 September 2018.
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