Telmatobius pinguiculus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Telmatobius pinguiculus
Species Authority: Lavilla and Laurent, 1989 “1988”

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Esteban Lavilla
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the type locality, La Ciénaga (about 27° 30'S; 67° 00'W), close to the town of Medanitos (27° 32'S; 67° 36'W), in Catamarca Province in north-western Argentina. It might range more widely and further surveys are needed in the surrounding areas. It was collected at 3,300m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It is a rare species, which has not been surveyed for since it was discovered.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is wholly aquatic, occurring in high mountain streams surrounded by montane grasslands. Breeding takes place in the streams.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to it are unknown. Potential threats in the general area include the introduction of predatory fishes (trout), water pollution through mining activities, destruction of high mountain bogs (from which the streams originate) by cattle, and the alteration of watersheds. Telmatobius species living at high altitudes might be particularly prone to becoming infected with chytridiomycosis, so this is a potential future threat for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not present in any protected areas; there are no conservation measures in place for this species.

Citation: Esteban Lavilla 2004. Telmatobius pinguiculus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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