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Pristimantis schultei

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA CRAUGASTORIDAE

Scientific Name: Pristimantis schultei
Species Authority: (Duellman, 1990)
Synonym(s):
Eleutherodactylus schultei Duellman, 1990
Eleutherodactylus schultei Duellman, 1990

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-11-10
Assessor(s): Lily Rodríguez, Jorge Luis Martinez, Wilfredo Arizabal, Karl-Heinz Jungfer, Diego Almeida, Fernando Nogales
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 in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Andes.
History:
2004 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species can be found in the Andes of northern Peru and southern Ecuador. In Peru it has been recorded from localities at elevations of 2,400-2,850m asl in the northern part of the Cordillera Central (Amazonas region). In Ecuador, it is known from a single locality in the Romerillos, Parque Nacional Podocarpus, at 1,900m asl. It might range more widely.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador; Peru
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Population [top]

Population: The current population status of this species is unknown.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is known only from disturbed cloud forest. The type locality is on a mostly cultivated ridge with remnants of dense low forest (6-8m high) bearing many orchids and bromeliads. A second Peruvian locality is on a ridge overlooking the cultivated valley. In both localities, the individuals were found in large terrestrial and arboreal bromeliads by day. It breeds by direct development.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat is habitat loss and destruction through an increase in agriculture, selective logging, and human settlement. Enciso et al. (2008) recently reported Aeromonas caviae and other bacteria from skin samples, where P. schultei was one of the sampled species. These authors suggest that there is a potential for infection and development of the disease if populations undergo stress.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: In Ecuador the species is present in Parque Nacional Podocarpus; in Peru it is known from Área de Conservación Privada Huiquilla (Enciso et al., 2008). Further survey work is needed to determine the current population status of this species.

Citation: Lily Rodríguez, Jorge Luis Martinez, Wilfredo Arizabal, Karl-Heinz Jungfer, Diego Almeida, Fernando Nogales 2010. Pristimantis schultei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 September 2014.
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