Telmatobius jelskii 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Telmatobiidae

Scientific Name: Telmatobius jelskii (Peters, 1873)
Common Name(s):
English Acancocha Water Frog
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2014. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6 (27 January 2014). New York, USA. Available at: (Accessed: 27 January 2014).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Javier Icochea, Ulrich Sinsch, Edgar Lehr
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km2, and the number of mature individuals is declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from much of the central Andes in Peru (from the departaments of Ayacucho, Huancavelica and Junín), from 2,700-4,500m asl.
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Population [top]

Population:It was previously common, but has undergone declines.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a semi-aquatic riparian frog, and may be found in muddy beds of streams among shrublands and grasslands. It has been found in ditches on arable land. Breeding takes place in streams.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is locally affected by harvesting for both food and traditional medicine, and by water pollution (from agrochemicals and domestic waste). Telmatobius populations living at high altitudes might be particularly prone to becoming infected with chytridiomycosis, although this disease has yet to be reported from this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It might be present in the Reserva Chacamarca although this requires confirmation. There is a need to regulate its harvesting and to reduce the local water pollution. Given the possible threat of chytridiomycosis this species should be monitored closely.

Citation: Javier Icochea, Ulrich Sinsch, Edgar Lehr. 2004. Telmatobius jelskii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57346A11624854. . Downloaded on 22 October 2017.
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