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Hyalinobatrachium ibama, a species of Glass Frog, is listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. This delicate-looking frog is found only in old-growth forests, humid montane forests, and near mountain streams of Colombia. The distribution of this species is now severely fragmented. As their name implies, this Glass Frog and other species of its family (Centrolenidae) are known for their transparent skin through which you can see their internal organs.

The main threat facing this Glass Frog is considered to be habitat loss. The quality and extent of its forest habitat on the Eastern Cordillera of the Colombian Andes are currently declining due to cattle ranching and the illegal planting of crops. In particular, the habitat is threatened by the pollution associated with these agricultural activities, such as fumigation and fertiliser runoff.

This species can be found in Santuario de Fauna y Flora Guanentá Alto Río Fonce Wildlife Sanctuary and in the protected Área Natural Única Los Estoraques, but more attention is needed to ensure that their rainforest habitat is conserved and their declining status be reversed one day.

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