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Atelopus longibrachius

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA BUFONIDAE

Scientific Name: Atelopus longibrachius
Species Authority: Rivero, 1963
Common Name(s):
English El Tambo Stubfoot Toad

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered A3ce; B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Andrés Acosta-Galvis, Wilmar Bolívar, Stefan Lötters
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Justification:
Listed as Endangered because of a predicted drastic population decline of more than 50% over the next ten years, due to chytridiomycosis, and because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in Cauca Department, Colombia.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the region of the type locality: El Tambo, near Guisito, at 800m asl, Cauca Department, Colombia. Lötters (1996) suggested that the elevation given for the type locality (300m asl) was a typographic error in the original publication.
Countries:
Native:
Colombia
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Population [top]

Population: There is no recent information on the population status of this species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives on the ground in tropical humid forests, and presumably breeds in streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat is likely to be chytridiomycosis, as has occurred in many other species of Atelopus (although its occurrence at lower altitudes might afford it some level of protection from the disease). Additional threats include deforestation for agricultural development, illegal crops, logging and human settlement, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Parque Nacional Natural Munchique. In view of the severe risk of chytridiomycosis, it is a high priority to conduct surveys to determine the current population status of this species, as well as to initiate a captive-breeding programme

Citation: Andrés Acosta-Galvis, Wilmar Bolívar, Stefan Lötters 2004. Atelopus longibrachius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 September 2014.
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