Sachatamia punctulata 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Centrolenidae

Scientific Name: Sachatamia punctulata
Species Authority: (Ruíz-Carranza & Lynch, 1995)
<i> Cochranella punctulata</i> (Ruíz-Carranza and Lynch, 1995)
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2016. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0 (31 March 2016). New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2014-08-15
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Angulo, A.
Contributor(s): Quevedo, A., Lynch, J. & Cortés, O.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Nowakowski , J.
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is calculated at 4,518 km2, its population is considered to be severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat outside of protected areas.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from Tolima, Antioquia and Caldas Departments on the eastern flank of the Central Cordillera, between 500 and 930 m asl, in Colombia. A recent record extends the range northward to the Magdalena river valley (
Countries occurrence:
Colombia (Colombia (mainland))
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):500
Upper elevation limit (metres):930
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Population [top]

Population:It is a very common species. It is regularly observed in the Ranita Dorada Reserve and in La Forzosa (O. Cortés pers. comm. 2014). It is restricted to remnant forest habitat throughout its range, and there is lack of habitat connectivity between known sites attributed to the inhospitable nature of the surrounding agricultural matrix; therefore, it is assumed that the population is severely fragmented (O. Cortés pers. comm. 2014).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Yes

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It occurs in sub-Andean forests, on vegetation alongside streams. Eggs are laid on leaves over-hanging water and when they hatch the tadpoles drop in to the water below where they develop further. They require gallery forest to lay their eggs, and hence are very sensitive to habitat disturbance.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats are habitat fragmentation and loss outside of protected areas due to the expansion of agriculture (cattle raising and planting of illegal crops), and water pollution in la Cordillera Central. Also, a small white fly lays its eggs within the eggs of this species, resulting in egg mortality.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the La Forzosa Reserve and the Ranita Dorada Reserve (established in 2008; O. Cortés pers. comm. 2014). Other parts of its range outside of protected areas have largely been deforested. Continued enforcement of these protected areas will be important for maintaining critical forest habitat within the range. There are reforestation efforts ongoing in the area to restore connectivity among these protected areas (O. Cortés pers. comm. 2014). Research is needed to better understand its distribution, population and current threats. 

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2014. Sachatamia punctulata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T54983A60783929. . Downloaded on 27 July 2017.
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