Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Bufonidae

Scientific Name: Atelopus guitarraensis
Species Authority: Osorno Muñoz, Ardila-Robayo & Ruíz-Carranza, 2001
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
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo, Andrés Acosta-Galvis
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 only known to occur in the Laguna de Guitara, Parque Nacional Natural Sumapaz, Meta Department, Colombia, at 3,400m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It is rare, being recorded only from two expeditions conducted in 1975 and 1990. There has been no subsequent survey work for this species.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives and reproduces in streams in páramo habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The most serious risk to this species is chytridiomycosis, which has had a devastating impact on other high-altitude species of Atelopus. Its habitat is threatened by fires caused by cattle ranchers.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in the Parque Nacional Natural Sumapaz. Further work is required to determine the population status of this species; given the threat of chytridiomycosis, a captive-breeding programme might need to be established for this species.

Citation: Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo, Andrés Acosta-Galvis. 2004. Atelopus guitarraensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54516A11156737. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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