Rheobates palmatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Aromobatidae

Scientific Name: Rheobates palmatus (Werner, 1899)
Common Name(s):
English Palm Rocket Frog
Colostethus palmatus (Werner, 1899)
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:
Taxonomic Notes: This form is probably a complex of more than one species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-12-16
Assessor(s): Ramírez Pinilla, M., Osorno-Muñoz, M., Rueda-Almonacid, J.V., Amézquita, A. & Ardila-Robayo, M.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S., Cox, N.A. & Young, B.E.
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, it is common and adaptable with a presumed large population, and it is unlikely to be declining to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from the eastern flank of the Cordillera Central in the departments of Caldas and Tolima, and from the western and eastern flanks of the Cordillera Oriental in the departments of Cundinamarca, Boyacá, Santander, Meta and Serranía de la Macarena. It has been recorded from 350-2,500 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):350
Upper elevation limit (metres):2500
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It occurs on the ground in cloud forests and in tropical rainforests in the Orinoco region. It is adaptable to a degree of habitat modification and has been found in crop and pastureland. Lynch (2006) considered that the species was quite sensitive to habitat modification by man. Populations on the Orinocoan part of the range are associated to streams and are considered to be quite sensitive; however, populations on the Río Magdalena Valley can be found in disturbed areas and polluted streams, they can even be found in open areas near streams and small ponds (A. Acosta pers. comm. 2008, J.V. Rueda pers. comm. 2008). The larvae develop in streams.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats to this widespread, adaptable species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Its range includes Guanentá and Macarena protected areas. Taxonomic research is needed to resolve what is probably a species complex.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: Reformatted names of assessor(s), reviewer(s), contributor(s), facilitator(s) and/or compiler(s). Corrected formatting of references and units in text.

Citation: Ramírez Pinilla, M., Osorno-Muñoz, M., Rueda-Almonacid, J.V., Amézquita, A. & Ardila-Robayo, M. 2010. Rheobates palmatus (errata version published in 2016). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T55124A86440581. . Downloaded on 23 April 2018.
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