Aromobates meridensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Aromobates meridensis
Species Authority: (Dole & Durant, 1972)
Common Name(s):
English Merida Rocket Frog
Spanish Sapito de Niebla Merideno
Colostethus meridensis Dole & Durant, 1972
Nephelobates meridensis (Dole & Durant, 1972)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
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 Critically Endangered because its Area of Occupancy is probably less than 10km2, all individuals are in a single sub-population, and the extent of its forest habitat on the Venezuelan Andes is declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the type locality, Chorotal, 15km south-east of la Azulita, and the nearby vicinity, in Mérida State, Venezuela, between 1,880 and 2,400m asl.
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is an uncommon species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits streams in cloud forest. The eggs are laid on land and the male protects the eggs; when they hatch, the male carries the larvae on his back to the water where they develop further.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The primary threats to this species are habitat loss due to agriculture (crops and livestock) and agricultural pollution. The invasive bullfrog Rana catesbeiana is also a threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The range of this species does not include any protected areas, and there is an urgent need to ensure that the remaining habitat at the type locality is maintained.

Citation: Enrique La Marca, Juan Elías García-Pérez 2004. Aromobates meridensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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