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Colostethus ruthveni

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA DENDROBATIDAE

Scientific Name: Colostethus ruthveni
Species Authority: Kaplan, 1997

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: John Lynch, Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo
Reviewer/s: Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Justification:
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the lower slopes of the north-western portion of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in Magdalena Department, Colombia. It occurs between 680 and 1,540m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Colombia
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs along streams in cloud forest and dry tropical forests near the Caribbean coast. The eggs are laid in bromeliads, and the larvae are then carried on the back of the adults to water where they develop further.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat is habitat loss and degradation due to agriculture, involving both crops and livestock, as well as logging, agricultural pollution, and infrastructure development.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and in the adjacent, recently established El Dorado Nature Reserve.

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2004. 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 23 November 2004.

Kaplan, M. 1997. A new species of Colostethus from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Colombia) with comments on intergeneric relationships within the Dendrobatidae. Journal of Herpetology: 369-375.

Citation: John Lynch, Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo 2004. Colostethus ruthveni. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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