Aromobates alboguttatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Aromobatidae

Scientific Name: Aromobates alboguttatus (Boulenger, 1903)
Common Name(s):
English Whitebelly Rocket Frog
Spanish Sapito de Niebla de Garganta Blanca
Aromobates alboguttatus Grant et al., 2006
Colostethus alboguttatus Edwards, 1971
Colostethus inflexus Rivero, 1980
Nephelobates alboguttatus (Boulenger, 1903)
Nephelobates inflexus La Marca, 1997
Phyllobates alboguttatus Boulenger, 1903
Prostherapis alboguttatus Rivero, 1961
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2016. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0 (31 October 2016). New York, USA Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: Aromobates inflexus was synonymized with this species by Frost (1985), but was revived in Myers, Paolillo and Daly (1991) and La Marca (1997). Although officially still in the synonymy of Aromobates alboguttatus, A. inflexus might prove to be a distinct species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-11-14
Assessor(s): Enrique La Marca, Juan Elías García-Pérez
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 and its Area of Occupancy is less than 500 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat, and in the number of mature individuals.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from the Andes of Mérida State, Venezuela, from 1,600-3,090m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1600
Upper elevation limit (metres):3090
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Population [top]

Population:It is a rare species and has been in decline in recent years.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It occurs in clear, fast-flowing streams in Andean cloud forests. The eggs are laid on land and the male protects the eggs. When they are hatched, the male carries the larvae on his back to water where they develop further.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Some of the original environments occupied by this frog in the vicinities of the city of Mérida, in the Cordillera de Mérida, have been drastically changed by human activities, particularly due to agricultural expansion, for both crops and livestock. Much of the remaining habitat is severely fragmented. Introduced trout prey on the larvae of this species. However, this species is also declining in undisturbed habitats, which suggests an additional threat, possibly disease (such as chytridiomycosis).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Some populations are protected within national parks (Sierra Nevada and Sierra de la Culata). However, the existing protected areas network requires expansion to ensure the protection of suitable cloud forest habitats for this species. Further research is required to establish the reasons for the species' decline in apparently suitable habitat, and to determine whether chytrid poses a threat.

Citation: Enrique La Marca, Juan Elías García-Pérez. 2010. Aromobates alboguttatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T55253A11281658. . Downloaded on 20 April 2018.
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