Telmatobius platycephalus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Telmatobiidae

Scientific Name: Telmatobius platycephalus Lavilla and Laurent, 1989 “1988”
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: Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) 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 Endangered, in view of its extent of occurrence of less than 5,000 km2 and area of occupancy of less than 500 km2, with all individuals in fewer than five locations, and a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from three nearby localities in Jujuy Province, north-western Argentina: El Moreno, El Angosto and San Jose de Chani. It has an altitudinal range of 3,600-3,750m asl.
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is wholly aquatic, breeding in high mountain streams surrounded by rough bush land, and does not occur in modified areas.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Current threats include the pollution of streams by livestock activities, and the collection of vegetation surrounding the streams for firewood (resulting in run-off and stream sedimentation). Potential threats from nearby villages include the introduction of predatory fishes (trout), stream pollution through mining activities, and the destruction of high mountain bogs (stream watersheds). Chytridiomycosis also poses a potential future threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not present in any protected areas, and protection of suitable habitat is urgently required. There is also a need for continued population monitoring, particularly given the threat of chytrid.

Citation: Esteban Lavilla. 2004. Telmatobius platycephalus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57357A11626922. . Downloaded on 20 June 2018.
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