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Ranitomeya virolinensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA DENDROBATIDAE

Scientific Name: Ranitomeya virolinensis
Species Authority: (Ruíz-Carranza and Ramírez-Pinilla, 1992)
Synonym/s:
Dendrobates virolinensis (Ruíz-Carranza and Ramírez-Pinilla, 1992)
Ranitomeya virolensis (Ruíz-Carranza & Ramírez-Pinilla, 1992)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Adolfo Amézquita, Jose Vicente Rueda
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Justification:
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 in Santander Department, Colombia.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the Santuaro de Fauna y Flora Guanentá, Alto Río Fonce, Río Cañaverales and El Reloj; and also in Municipio de Socorro, Santander Department, Colombia, at 1,700-2,000m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Colombia
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Population [top]

Population: It is common, with many recent records.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives on the floor of cloud forest, and only occurs in secondary forest if there is a lot of leaf-litter and bromeliads (since it lays its eggs in leaf-litter and the males bring the larvae to the bromeliads).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat fragmentation and loss is the main threat, and is taking place primarily due to agricultural expansion. This species is also found in the pet trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Although it occurs in the Santuaro de Fauna y Flora Guanentá, improved habitat protection is required, and there is a need to monitor and regulate the offtake of this species for international trade. Decree INDERENA No. 39 of 9 July, 1985, forbids the collection of Dendrobates spp. from the wild for breeding (or other) purposes.
Citation: Adolfo Amézquita, Jose Vicente Rueda 2004. Ranitomeya virolinensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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