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Strabomantis cheiroplethus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA CRAUGASTORIDAE

Scientific Name: Strabomantis cheiroplethus
Species Authority: (Lynch, 1990)
Synonym/s:
Craugastor cheiroplethus (Lynch, 1990)
Taxonomic Notes: This species was previously included in the genus Eleutherodactylus (Crawford and Smith 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Justification:
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat on the Colombian Andes.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the departments of Antioquia, Choco, Risaralda and Valle del Cauca, on the western slopes of the northern half of the Cordillera Occidental in Colombia, at moderate elevations (800-1,540m asl).
Countries:
Native:
Colombia
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Population [top]

Population: It is a relatively abundant species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: An inhabitant of rainforest, it can be found along streams, on medium to low perches on vegetation, although adults are usually too heavy to be supported by the leaves so they are commonly found on rocks. Provided there is gallery forest present over streams, it is able to tolerate considerable habitat modification. Breeding takes place by direct development.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although there are no major threats to the species overall at present, some localized habitat loss is taking place due to agricultural development (including the planting of illegal crops). Some other species of Craugastor that are associated with streams have undergone dramatic declines and disappearances, possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so the status of this species should be monitored carefully.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are several protected areas within the range of the species, including Parque Nacional Natural Farallones de Cali.
Citation: Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Strabomantis cheiroplethus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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