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Atelopus spurrelli

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA BUFONIDAE

Scientific Name: Atelopus spurrelli
Species Authority: Boulenger, 1914
Common Name(s):
English Condoto Stubfoot Toad

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A3ce ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Wilmar Bolívar, Stefan Lötters
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Justification:
Listed as Vulnerable because of a projected population decline, estimated to be more than 30% 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 occurs in the Colombian Pacific lowlands, in Valle de Cauca, Risaralda, and Choco Departments, between 50 and 500m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Colombia
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Population [top]

Population: It is a locally abundant species, and has apparently not shown any dramatic population declines. It has been recorded as recently as 2001.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in leaf-litter in humid forests close to water sources, and is presumed to breed in streams. It has been found in primary and secondary forest, but not in heavily degraded areas.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats are deforestation for agricultural development, the planting of illegal crops, logging, and human settlement, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops. Since it occurs at very low altitudes, it might not be as prone to chytridiomycosis as other members of its genus.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in several protected areas. Continued population monitoring is required, especially in light of the potential threat of chytridiomycosis.

Citation: Wilmar Bolívar, Stefan Lötters 2004. Atelopus spurrelli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 September 2014.
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