Telmatobius latirostris 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Telmatobiidae

Scientific Name: Telmatobius latirostris Vellard, 1951
Common Name(s):
English Cajamarca Water Frog
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered A3ce; B1ab(iii) 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 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; and 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 northern Peruvian Andes

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from the type locality of the town of Cutervo, Cajamarca Department, in the northern Peruvian Andes, and was collected at an elevation of 2,620m asl. It is expected to occur more widely, but additional survey work is needed to confirm this.
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Population [top]

Population:Nothing is known about the population status of this species; it was last collected in 1993 by J. Wiens at the type location.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a riparian, semi-aquatic, stream-breeding frog, with breeding taking place in streams and ditches in the town.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is little information on threats to this species, although it is presumably impacted by habitat loss, while within Cutervo it is threatened by water pollution. Telmatobius populations living at high elevations are particularly prone to infection with chytridiomycosis, and, although the pathogen has yet to be reported from T. latirostris, congeners nearby in Ecuador have disappeared, and so this species may be seriously at risk.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It may be present in Parque Nacional Cutervo, although this requires confirmation. Further research into this little-known species is needed.

Citation: Javier Icochea, Ulrich Sinsch, Edgar Lehr. 2004. Telmatobius latirostris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57348A11625189. . Downloaded on 21 June 2018.
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