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Aromobates nocturnus
Venezuelean Skunk Frog
family: Dendrobatidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Critically Endangered (CR)
CITES No CITES Listing
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

 

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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

This species is known only from the type locality: about 2km ESE by air from Agua de Obispo, in the state of Trujillo, Venezuela, at 2,250m asl (9.42'N, 70.05'W).

Habitat and Ecology

It occurs in small cold-water streams in cloud forest. The eggs are laid on land and the male protects the eggs. When hatched the male carries the larvae on his back to water where they develop further.

Population

It is a very rare species that appears to have declined. Several attempts to find it in recent years have failed, and it is still known only from the time it was first described.

Population Trend

Decreasing

Major Threats

Habitat loss and degradation due to agriculture (both crops and livestock) and road construction, is the major threat to the species. The locality is near the headwaters of a stream and thus could have been affected by a drought in the past. The species could also potentially be affected by disease, such as chytridiomycosis.

Conservation Actions

There is a population within Parque Nacional Dinira. Surveys are urgently needed to determine the population status of this species as well as some of its threats.

Citation

Enrique La Marca, Juan Elías García-Pérez 2010. Aromobates nocturnus. In: IUCN 2014

 

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