Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Megophryidae

Scientific Name: Oreolalax liangbeiensis
Species Authority: Liu and Fei, 1979
Taxonomic Notes: Zhao and Adler (1993) considered this species to be synonymous with Oreolalax major but did not give any reason.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v); C2a(ii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Fei Liang, Ye Changyuan
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2 and its Area Of Occupancy is less than 2km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat, and in the number of mature individuals; and because the population size is estimated to number fewer than 250 mature individuals, there is a continuing decline in the number of mature individuals, and all individuals are in a single subpopulation.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from a single small stream in Puxiong in Yuexi County, in southern Sichuan province, China, from 2,850-3,000m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: The only known population comprises probably less than 100 individuals, and is declining.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits mixed forests, and breeds in small streams where the larvae also develop.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss and degradation, due to logging and hill fires, represents the major threat to this species. The disappearance of forests has also caused a reduction in rainfall in the region and many streams have dried up in the area as a result.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The range of this species does not overlap with any protected areas, making protection of the remaining habitat in the area a priority to ensure the species' survival.

Citation: Fei Liang, Ye Changyuan. 2004. Oreolalax liangbeiensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T57591A11652170. . Downloaded on 06 October 2015.
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