Aromobates orostoma 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Aromobatidae

Scientific Name: Aromobates orostoma (Rivero, 1978)
Common Name(s):
English Tachira Rocket Frog
Spanish Sapito de Niebla Tachirense
Colostethus orostoma Rivero, 1978
Nephelobates orostoma (Rivero, 1976)
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:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(ii,iii)+2ab(ii,iii) 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 its area of occupancy and in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known with certainty only from the type locality in Táchira State, Venezuela (Boca del Monte, Camino del Pregonero), from 2,300-2,800m asl. Other Táchira localities listed in Barrio (1999) are unconfirmed.
Countries occurrence:
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):2300
Upper elevation limit (metres):2800
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Population [top]

Population:It is an uncommon species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It inhabits mountain streams in cloud forest. 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): The major threats are agriculture, involving both crops and livestock, and agricultural pollution, and the area of occupancy of this species is now less than 20km².

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known to occur in any protected areas, and protection of remaining tracts of forest habitat in the Venezuelan Andes is necessary.

Citation: Enrique La Marca, Juan Elías García-Pérez. 2010. Aromobates orostoma. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T55259A11264820. . Downloaded on 23 May 2018.
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