Gastrotheca splendens


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Gastrotheca splendens
Species Authority: (Schmidt, 1857)
Common Name(s):
English Schmidt's Marsupial Frog
Taxonomic Notes: The original type locality of this species was Panama, but this is in error according to Savage and Heyer (1969) who suggested that the type specimen might have come from Colombia, Peru or Bolivia. Subsequently, Duellman and De la Riva (1999) found a single specimen. This genus has recently been moved from the family Hylidae (Faivovich et al. 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered A3c ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Claudia Cortez, Steffen Reichle, Ignacio De la Riva, Jörn Köhler
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Endangered because of a predicted drastic population decline of more than 50% over the next ten years, due to habitat loss.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from Abra de la Cruz, in Parque Nacional Amboro, Caballero Province, in the department of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, at 2,286m asl. It might occur a little more widely, but it probably has a restricted distribution.
Bolivia, Plurinational States of
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Population [top]

Population: It is known from only two individuals, one collected in 1857, and the other in 1997. It is clearly very rare, because the area where it was rediscovered has been well surveyed, without success.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It has been recorded from cloud forest and is probably a direct developing species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat is habitat loss due to agriculture, involving both crops and livestock, as well as infrastructure development for human settlement. Chytridiomycosis is a potential future threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The only known locality is within Parque Nacional Amboro, and continued management of this area is essential to ensure the long-term survival of this species. Further survey work is needed to determine whether it might occur beyond the type locality.

Citation: Claudia Cortez, Steffen Reichle, Ignacio De la Riva, Jörn Köhler 2004. Gastrotheca splendens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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