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Hyloxalus mittermeieri

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA DENDROBATIDAE

Scientific Name: Hyloxalus mittermeieri
Species Authority: (Rivero, 1991)
Synonym(s):
Colostethus mittermeieri Rivero, 1991

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2010-11-03
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group,
Reviewer(s): Crnobrnja-Isailovic , J. & Kusrini, M.D.
Contributor(s): Icochea M., J., Jungfer, K. & Arizabal, W.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Bowles, P.
Justification:
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, status and ecological requirements. It has a very restricted range, but no information is available regarding potential or ongoing threats.
History:
2004 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from two sites in San Martin Department on the eastern slopes of the central Andes in northern Peru (Duellman 2004). Both localities, Abra Pardo Miguel (2,050 m asl) and Venceremos (1,620 m asl), lie along the road from Balzapata to Rioja, in the northern Cordillera Central. It probably occurs more widely over the Andean foothills of Peru.
Countries:
Native:
Peru
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Population [top]

Population: Its population status is not known, as this frog is only known from two specimens (Duellman 2004).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a diurnal species that was collected in tropical montane forest, where it was associated with streams (Duellman 2004). Its breeding habits are not known, but the larvae probably develop in streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There are no reports of this species being utilized. However, Peruvian species of Hyloxalus, in common with other poison dart frogs, may be at risk from smuggling to support the international pet trade (von May et al. 2008).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species has a very restricted geographic range, but there is no information on major threats. The fungal disease chytridiomycosis was first reported from Peru in 1998 (Lips et al. 2008), and has been responsible for severe declines and extinctions among Andean amphibians, especially of high-elevation, stream-breeding frogs with small ranges (Whittaker and Vrendenberg 2010). It is however unknown whether this disease represents a specific threat to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not present in any protected areas. Further research is needed, for example regarding the limits of its range, and concerning its ecology and population status.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, 2012. Hyloxalus mittermeieri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 July 2014.
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