Telmatobius philippii 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Telmatobiidae

Scientific Name: Telmatobius philippii Cuevas and Formas, 2002
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2015
Date Assessed: 2015-07-10
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Luedtke, J.
Contributor(s): Veloso, A., Charrier, A., Correa, C., Soto, C., Velez, C., Mendez, M., Formas, R. & Díaz, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Hobin, L. & Superina, M.
Listed as Critically Endangered because it has disappeared from one of the two originally known locations due to canalization of the stream in which it lived, and the remaining population is now restricted to an area of less than 10 km2. Habitat quantity and quality are affected by abstraction of surface water in this remaining location. It is estimated that the population has suffered a reduction of at least 50% over the past 10 years due to the disappearance of one of the sub-populations.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from only a single threat-defined locality in Quebrada Amincha near Ollagüe, in El Loa Province, Chile, from 3,800-3,900 m asl. It has an area of occupancy and extent of occurrence of 9 km2.
Countries occurrence:
Chile (Antofagasta)
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:9
Number of Locations:1
Lower elevation limit (metres):3800
Upper elevation limit (metres):3900
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Population [top]

Population:The species was originally known from two sub-populations in Quebrada Amincha and del Inca, which were separated by 1 km from each other. However the population has undergone a decline of 50% over the past 10 years, as the sub-population in Quebrada del Inca disappeared after the stream was canalized for agricultural activities. The sub-population in Quebrada Amincha is small, and part of the stream has been canalized in 2013 (A. Charrier pers. comm. 2015).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No
All individuals in one subpopulation:Yes

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This is an aquatic frog, occurring in streams in the high Andes, and which is not known to occur in modified or degraded habitats. Breeding takes place in streams.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There are no records of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Abstraction of surface water for domestic and agricultural use is a threat because it would affect habitat quality and quantity.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It does not occur in any protected area.

Classifications [top]

4. Grassland -> 4.7. Grassland - Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude
suitability:Suitable season:resident 
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.1. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls)
suitability:Suitable season:resident major importance:Yes

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:No
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
7. Natural system modifications -> 7.2. Dams & water management/use -> 7.2.1. Abstraction of surface water (domestic use)
♦ timing:Ongoing    

7. Natural system modifications -> 7.2. Dams & water management/use -> 7.2.3. Abstraction of surface water (agricultural use)
♦ timing:Ongoing    

Bibliography [top]

Cuevas, C.C. and Formas, J.R. 2002. Telmatobius philippii, una nueva especie de rana acuática de Ollagüe, norte de Chile (leptodactylidae). Rev. Chil. Hist.Nat.: 245-258.

Díaz-Páez, H. and Ortiz, J.C. 2003. Evaluación del estado de conservación de los anfibios en Chile. Assessment of the conservation status of amphibians in Chile. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 76: 509-525.

IUCN. 2015. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015-4. Available at: (Accessed: 19 November 2015).

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2015. Telmatobius philippii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T57354A79813783. . Downloaded on 26 May 2018.
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