Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is known only from the type locality: Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in the department of Cesar, Colombia. It has been recorded between 2000 and 3500 m asl. It might occur a little more widely on the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It occurs in sub-Andean and Andean forests, sub-páramo and páramo. Egg chains are placed in fast-flowing water, and the tadpoles develop in the water.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
  • Freshwater
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
CR
Critically Endangered

Red List Criteria
A3ce

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2004

Assessor/s
Jose Vicente Rueda, Andrés Acosta-Galvis, Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo

Reviewer/s
Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)

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Justification
Listed as Critically Endangered because of a projected population decline, estimated to be more than 80% over the next ten years, inferred from declines in other high altitude Atelopus species in the same region, probably due to chytridiomycosis.
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Population

Population
Only six specimens of this species are known, and there have been no records since 1991. It is not yet clear whether or not this reflects lack of survey effort, or a genuine rarity or decline.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
The major threat is likely to be chytridiomycosis, leading to a catastrophic population decline, as has occurred in many other montane species of Atelopus. Habitat loss caused by agricultural expansion and logging is also a major threat, as is pollution resulting from the fumigation of crops.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Its range includes Parque Nacional Natural Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Further survey work is required to determine the population status of this species, especially in light of the recent drastic declines observed in other montane Atelopus species. Given the likely threat of chytridiomycosis, disease management and captive-breeding programmes might be required.
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Wikipedia

Atelopus arsyecue

Atelopus arsyecue is a species of toad in the Bufonidae family endemic to Colombia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland, and rivers. It is threatened by habitat loss.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rueda, J.V., Acosta-Galvis, A., Ramírez Pinilla, M.P., Osorno-Muñoz, M., Amézquita, A & Ardila-Robayo, M.C. 2004. Atelopus arsyecue. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 21 July 2007.
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