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Telmatobius degener

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA TELMATOBIIDAE

Scientific Name: Telmatobius degener
Species Authority: Wiens, 1993

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered A3e ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): César Aguilar Puntriano, Ulrich Sinsch, Edgar Lehr
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Justification:
Listed as Endangered because of a population decline, projected to be more than 50% over the next 10 years, inferred from the potential impact of chytridiomycosis on populations of this species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the type locality: 13km ESE Yamobamba, 18km SE Agallpampa on the road from Otuzco to Huamachuco (7° 59'S; 78° 36'W), La Libertad Department, in the northern Peruvian Andes, at 3,290m asl. It presumably occurs more widely.
Countries:
Native:
Peru
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Population [top]

Population: It is abundant where it occurs.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It has been collected in a densely vegetated roadside marsh in an open pasture. The marsh was fed by a brook draining into the Rio Moche, and was in the very humid subalpine páramo. The frogs were active in pools and running water by day. Breeding takes place in wetlands.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats are not currently known. Populations of other species in the genus living at high elevations are very susceptible to infection with chytridiomycosis. The pathogen has yet to be reported from Telmatobius degener, but congeners in Ecuador have disappeared, and so this species would appear to be seriously at risk.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known to be present in any protected areas. This species requires careful population monitoring, particularly given the risk of chytridiomycosis.

Citation: César Aguilar Puntriano, Ulrich Sinsch, Edgar Lehr 2004. Telmatobius degener. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 September 2014.
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