Pleurodema kriegi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pleurodema kriegi
Species Authority: (Müller, 1926)
Common Name(s):
English Achala’s Four-eyed Frog
Paludicola kriegi Müller, 1926

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Esteban Lavilla, Ismael di Tada
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Near Threatened because although the population of species appears to be recovering, its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Pampa de Achala, Cordoba Province, Argentina, from 1,800-2,600m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It is abundant within its small range, although it is seen only during the breeding season.
Population Trend: Increasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs in montane grasslands and associated rocky outcrops. Adults live under rocks or in abandoned rodent holes outside the breeding season. It reproduces explosively during the first rains in November and December. Pairs spin a gelatinous nest attached to vegetation in temporary pools, or sometimes in backwater pools of streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Significant threats to this species have previously included extensive cattle ranching and the associated alteration of water sources. However, the recent declaration of protected areas within its range means that the future of this species now looks much more secure.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Parque Nacional Quebrada del Condorito and the Reserva Hídrica Provincial de Pampa de Achala.

Citation: Esteban Lavilla, Ismael di Tada 2004. Pleurodema kriegi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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