Espadarana andina


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Espadarana andina
Species Authority: (Rivero, 1968)
Common Name(s):
English Andes Giant Glass Frog
Spanish Ranita de Cristal Andina
Centrolene andinum (Rivero, 1968)
Centrolene lentiginosum (Rivero, 1968)
Centrolenella andina Rivero, 1968

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Enrique La Marca, Jose Vicente Rueda, Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the Venezuelan Cordillera de Mérida and Sierra de Perijá, and in Colombia on the western slopes of the Cordillera Oriental (in the Departamentos of Norte de Santandar to Cundinamerca), and on the Serrania de los Motilones. Its altitudinal range is 840-2,500m asl.
Colombia; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is an uncommon species, but there are several recent records.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in cloud forests and in montane evergreen dry forest, along mountain streams. The eggs are laid on vegetation over streams. It appears not to be affected by habitat loss in wider landscape, and survives even if tiny lines of trees remain along the sides of streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species has disappeared from streams where there are introduced trout.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The main priority is to limit the spread of trout. Some populations are found in protected areas, such as Sierra de Perijá and Sierra de La Culata in the Venezuelan Andes, and Guanenta Alto Rio Fonce Natural National Park in Colombia.

Citation: Enrique La Marca, Jose Vicente Rueda, Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla 2004. Espadarana andina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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