Excidobates mysteriosus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Dendrobatidae

Scientific Name: Excidobates mysteriosus (Myers, 1982)
Common Name(s):
English Marañón Poison Frog
Spanish Rana Venenosa
Dendrobates mysteriosus Myers, 1982
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): Javier Icochea, Karl-Heinz Jungfer, Stefan Lötters, Wilfredo Arizabal, Jorge Luis Martinez
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, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat around Santa Rosa, northeastern Peru.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is currently known with certainty only from a single location in the vicinity of the town of Santa Rosa at the foothills of the Cordillera del Cóndor (Cajamarca Department), north-eastern Peru, at around 1,000m asl.
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Population [top]

Population:The population status of this species is not known. Much of the area is deforested and populations are only known from forest remnants that remain on some steep cliffs and slopes.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It has only been recorded from primary premontane forest, with breeding taking place in bromeliads.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Small numbers are currently in international trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat is habitat clearance for agricultural use (including pastureland and coffee cultivation). Recently, a few specimens have also been reported in international trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Reportedly present in the Cordillera del Cóndor Reserve, this species is also protected by national legislation. Further research into the distribution and population status of the species is necessary, and there is a need to monitor its presence in international trade.

Citation: Javier Icochea, Karl-Heinz Jungfer, Stefan Lötters, Wilfredo Arizabal, Jorge Luis Martinez. 2004. Excidobates mysteriosus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55193A11256432. . Downloaded on 21 September 2018.
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