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Osornophryne antisana

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA BUFONIDAE

Scientific Name: Osornophryne antisana
Species Authority: Hoogmoed, 1987
Taxonomic Notes: The identity of the specimens from the northern part of Parque Nacional Llanganates requires confirmation.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Cisneros-Heredia, Mario Yánez-Muñoz
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Justification:
Listed as Endangered 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, and in the number of mature individuals, in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the type locality, Antisana, Napo Province, Ecuador, and from the volcano of Quilindana. In total, it is known from only four localities. It has been recorded between 3,400 and 4,000m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Population [top]

Population: It appears to be a rare, and locally uncommon species; however, this may be an artefact of inappropriate survey techniques. For example, when digging into the soil under the páramo plants, dozens of specimens have been found (M. Yanez and D.F. Cisneros-Heredia pers. comm.). The population of this species is thought to be declining.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is terrestrial, and both diurnal and nocturnal, inhabiting wet sub-páramo habitats. The holotype was collected in an area of meadows with isolated patches of forest. Creeks and swamps are the typical landscape on the upper limit of the wet altitudinal forest (Hoogmoed 1987). It breeds by direct development, and lays its eggs on soil under vegetation.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat to this species is habitat loss due to agricultural activities, both crops and livestock; climate change may also be impacting the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in the Reserva Ecológica Antisana, the Reserva Ecológica Cayambe-Coca, and Parque Nacional Llanganates.

Citation: Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Diego Cisneros-Heredia, Mario Yánez-Muñoz 2004. Osornophryne antisana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 September 2014.
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