Allobates chalcopis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Allobates chalcopis
Species Authority: (Kaiser, Coloma & Gray, 1994)
Common Name(s):
English Martinique Volcano Frog
Colostethus chalcopis Kaiser, Coloma & Gray, 1994
Taxonomic Notes: It has been suggested that this species is not native to Martinique, but is synonymous with another species from South America (M. Breuil pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-11-13
Assessor(s): Blair Hedges, Beatrice Ibéné, Michel Breuil, Robert Powell
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from only a single location.
2004 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found on the south-eastern slope of Montagne Pelee, Martinique, at 500m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It is relatively common in its tiny range.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in grassy areas on lava flows. Eggs are laid on the ground in a nest under leaves and guarded by the adults, and presumably the adults transport the larvae to water, as with other members of the genus.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although there are no current major threats to the species, its small range renders it at severe risk of stochastic events, especially from volcanic eruptions.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It does not occur in any protected areas, and there is a need for improved protection of the Montagne Pelee. The species requires close population monitoring, given that it is restricted to a single location.

Citation: Blair Hedges, Beatrice Ibéné, Michel Breuil, Robert Powell 2010. Allobates chalcopis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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