Telmatobius brevirostris 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Telmatobiidae

Scientific Name: Telmatobius brevirostris Vellard, 1955
Common Name(s):
English Shortsnout Water Frog
Telmatobius brevirostris Vellard, 1955 ssp. parvulus
Telmatobius brevirostris Vellard, 1955 ssp. punctatus
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: The subspecies Telmatobius brevirostris punctatus will soon be elevated to species status (E. Lehr pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Javier Icochea, Edgar Lehr, César Aguilar Puntriano
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Peruvian Andes.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from the upper Huallaga River and its tributaries, in Huánuco Department, Peru, and it has an altitudinal range of 2,000-3,600m asl.
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Population [top]

Population:It is a very rare species.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
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Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a riparian semi-aquatic, stream-breeding frog, living in small streams in shrubland and cloud forest, and is not present in cultivated areas.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Agrochemical runoff into streams, as a result of use in potato cultivation, is a major threat to this species. Other Telmatobius populations living at high elevations are believed to be particularly prone to infection with chytridiomycosis, though the pathogen has yet to be reported from this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not present in any protected areas, and habitat protection is urgently needed to ensure the maintenance of suitable habitat for this species. It also requires close population monitoring, particularly given the threat of chytrid infection.

Citation: Javier Icochea, Edgar Lehr, César Aguilar Puntriano. 2004. Telmatobius brevirostris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57328A11622086. . Downloaded on 20 June 2018.
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