|Scientific Name:||Incilius tutelarius|
|Species Authority:||(Mendelson, 1997)|
Bufo tutelarius Mendelson, 1997
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Endangered B1ab(iii,v) ver 3.1|
|Assessor/s:||Manuel Acevedo, Luis Canseco-Márquez, Antonio Muñoz Alonso|
|Reviewer/s:||Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)|
Listed as Endangered 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 and in the number of mature individuals.
|Range Description:||This species occurs on the Pacific versant of Mexico from the Chimalapas region in south-eastern Oaxaca south through Chiapas to extreme western Guatemala, at elevations of 1,000-2,000m asl.|
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|Population:||It is uncommon but still present in one Oaxaca locality, with no evidence of a decline. In Chiapas, it has declined and is now rare, though it still persists. Apparently, it is rare in Guatemala, as recent expeditions within its range have not recorded this species, indicating a decline there also.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species is closely associated with streams, which provide breeding habitat, in cloud forest; it also occurs in pine-oak (broadleaf) forest, and does tolerate moderate forest disturbance.|
|Major Threat(s):||The major threat to this species has been the loss and fragmentation of suitable forest habitat as a result of livestock ranching and agricultural activities, and wood extraction. Since this is a montane, stream-breeding bufonid, it is possible that it may be affected by chytridiomycosis.|
|Conservation Actions:||It occurs in Reserva de la Biósfera La Sepultura and Reserva de la Biósfera El Triunfo, but further protection of the remaining habitat in the range of this species is needed. In view of the severe risk of chytridiomycosis, the status of this species should be closely monitored and ex-situ populations should be established if chytrid is shown to be a threat.|
Campbell, J.A. 2001. Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Guatemala. University of Texas, Arlington, Web published: http://www.uta.edu/biology/campbell.
IUCN. 2004. 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 23 November 2004.
Mendelson III, J.R. 1997. A new species of toad (Anura: Bufonidae) from the Pacific highlands of Guatemala and southern Mexico, with comments on the status of Bufo valliceps macrocristatus. Herpetologica: 14-30.
Mendelson, J.R., III, Ustach, P.C. and Montes de-Oca, A.N. 1999. Description of the tadpole of Bufo tutelarius, natural history notes on the Bufo valliceps group, and a key to the tadpoles of the group. Journal of Herpetology: 324-328.
|Citation:||Manuel Acevedo, Luis Canseco-Márquez, Antonio Muñoz Alonso 2004. Incilius tutelarius. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 05 December 2013.|