Gastrotheca trachyceps 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hemiphractidae

Scientific Name: Gastrotheca trachyceps Duellman, 1987
Common Name(s):
English Cerro Munchique Marsupial Frog
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2016. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0 (31 March 2016). New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: This genus has recently been moved from the family Hylidae (Faivovich et al. 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Fernando Castro, John Lynch
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, all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on on the Western Cordillera of the Colombian Andes.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is currently known only from the region of the type locality: Cerro Munchique on the Pacific slopes of the Cordillera Occidental, in Cauca Department, Colombia, from 2,170-2,540m asl. It might occur somewhat more widely.
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Population [top]

Population:It is relatively common at the type locality.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It occurs on vegetation and next to streams inside forest and at the forest edge, and seeks refuge in bromeliads. It can occur in habitat such as páramo as long as there are bromeliads. Breeding is by direct development, with the eggs kept in the pouch of the female until hatched.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although its only known locality is a protected area, cultivation of illegal crops is leading to the destruction of native habitat in some parts of the park.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The type locality is entirely within Parque Nacional Natural Munchique, but there is a need to combat activities that result in the loss of native habitat within the park boundaries. More research is needed to determine if it occurs outside the vicinity of the type locality.

Citation: Fernando Castro, John Lynch. 2004. Gastrotheca trachyceps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55362A11285227. . Downloaded on 23 November 2017.
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