Pristimantis colodactylus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Craugastoridae

Scientific Name: Pristimantis colodactylus (Lynch, 1979)
Common Name(s):
English Piura Robber Frog
Spanish Rana Ladrona de Piura
Eleutherodactylus colodactylus Lynch, 1979
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2016. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0 (31 March 2016). New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Lily Rodríguez, Jorge Luis Martinez, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
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 in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Andes.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from two disjunct regions: the Amazonian slopes (2,195-3,140m asl) of the Cordillera Oriental in the province of Morona-Santiago and Amazonian slopes (2,710-2,800m asl) of the Abra Zamora, Zamora-Chinchipe Province in the southern Cordillera Oriental, Ecuador (in southern Ecuador it is known from at least 12 localities); and the crest and upper eastern slopes of the Cordillera de Huancabamba in northern Peru (around 05° 28'S; 79°17'W). It probably occurs in intervening areas between the currently known Ecuadorian and Peruvian distributions.
Countries occurrence:
Ecuador; Peru
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Population [top]

Population:It is a common species.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species can be found in the cloud forest and sub-páramo of the high Amazonian slopes of the Andes (Lynch and Duellman 1980). The Huancambamba depression is a complex system of relatively low ridges, basins, and valleys. All individuals for which habitat data are available were found in terrestrial and arboreal bromeliads by day (Duellman and Pramuk 1999). Breeding takes place by direct development, but the site of egg deposition is not known. The ability of this species to adapt to modified habitats is unknown.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In Peru, this species is threatened by habitat loss as a result of livestock farming and selective logging.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: In Peru, this species might occur in one small-protected area in the north-west, the Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary. In Ecuador, its geographic range overlaps with Parque Nacional Sangay.

Citation: Lily Rodríguez, Jorge Luis Martinez, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron. 2004. Pristimantis colodactylus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56517A11489391. . Downloaded on 24 June 2018.
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