Telmatobius oxycephalus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Telmatobiidae

Scientific Name: Telmatobius oxycephalus Vellard, 1946
Telmatobius barrioi Laurent, 1970 “1969”
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2017. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Esteban Lavilla
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from fewer than five locations.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is currently only known from the Parque Nacional Calilegua, Jujuy Province, in north-western Argentina. The type locality of "Cerro de la Escalera, Orán Range, Salta Province", is unspecific and cannot be relocated, and therefore is not mapped here. It has an altitudinal range of 1,400-2,550m asl.
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is mostly aquatic and inhabits and breeds in streams in montane forest. The species is not known to occur in modified habitats.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The only known populations of this species are within a protected area. If the species occurs outside the Parque Nacional Calilegua, then threats might include selective logging, introduction of predatory fishes (trout), alteration of watersheds, and the impacts of mining operations. Chytridiomycosis is a potential future threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in Parque Nacional Calilegua, although the reserve is in need of improved management. This species requires close population monitoring given that it is currently known from only a single site, and there is the potential threat of chytridiomycosis.

Citation: Esteban Lavilla. 2004. Telmatobius oxycephalus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57353A11626328. . Downloaded on 15 July 2018.
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