Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Dendrobatidae

Scientific Name: Andinobates bombetes
Species Authority: (Myers & Daly, 1980)
Common Name(s):
English Cauca Poison Frog
Dendrobates bombetes (Myers and Daly, 1980)
Ranitomeya bombetes (Myers and Daly, 1980)

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): Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo
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 there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Colombian Andes.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from both flanks of the western Andes, in the department of Valle del Cauca, and from the western flank of the central Andes, in the departments of Quindio and Risaralda, in Colombia, between 1,580 and 2,100m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species, but it is believed to be declining.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs on the lowest stratum and on bromeliads in cloud forests and very dry forests. Eggs are laid in the leaf-litter, and the larvae develop in bromeliads.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss and degradation caused by agricultural expansion, timber extraction, crop fumigation, and the removal of bromeliads is a major threat. This species is also collected illegally for the pet trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known to occur in any protected areas, and habitat protection is urgently needed. Decree INDERENA No. 39 of 9 July, 1985, forbids the collection of Dendrobates spp. from the wild for breeding (or other) purposes. It is also necessary to review international legislation regarding the illegal trade of this species.

Citation: Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo. 2004. Andinobates bombetes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55177A11251714. . Downloaded on 14 October 2015.
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