Atelopus palmatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Bufonidae

Scientific Name: Atelopus palmatus Andersson, 1945
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2017. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: Records other than from the type locality (e.g. Peters 1973) are considered here to refer to Atelopus planispina, which this species is probably a synonym of. The taxonomic status of A. planispina and A. palmatus was discussed by Coloma (1997).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Luis A. Coloma, Stefan Lötters, Diego Cisneros-Heredia
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity as well as absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from the type locality, Río Pastaza, in Pastaza Province, Ecuador, at 1,000m asl.
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Population [top]

Population:Its population status is not known, and it is not known to have been recorded since 1937.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is an inhabitant of humid montane forest. There is no specific information known about its breeding biology, but it is likely to be similar to other Atelopus species, and to be a larval developer.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat to this species is likely to be chytridiomycosis, leading to a catastrophic population decline, as has occurred in many other montane species of Atelopus. Agriculture, involving both crops and livestock, as well as logging, mining (in the future), and wood plantations are major threats to this species’ habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known to occur in any protected areas.

Citation: Luis A. Coloma, Stefan Lötters, Diego Cisneros-Heredia. 2004. Atelopus palmatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54537A11163846. . Downloaded on 25 June 2018.
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