Colostethus mertensi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Dendrobatidae

Scientific Name: Colostethus mertensi (Cochran and Goin, 1964)
Common Name(s):
English Mertens' Rocket Frog
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: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): John Lynch, Fernando Castro
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and the quality and extent of its habitat is declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from Cerro Munchique, and Quintana (near Popayan in Cauca Department), between 2,100 and 2,350m asl, in Colombia.
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Population [top]

Population:It is a common species.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It occurs on the ground next to streams in cloud forests. It lays its eggs on the ground, which (when hatched), are transported on the backs of the male to temporary ponds where they develop further. It has not been recorded outside forest habitat.
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.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The range of the species includes Parque Nacional Natural Munchique.

Citation: John Lynch, Fernando Castro. 2004. Colostethus mertensi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55115A11253068. . Downloaded on 20 October 2017.
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