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Aromobates meridensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA AROMOBATIDAE

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

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
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)
Justification:
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.
Countries:
Native:
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 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 02 September 2014.
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