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Dendropsophus meridensis
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Hylinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Venezuela

 

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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

This species is known from the Andes of Mérida State, in Venezuela. It has been recorded from 1,200-2,400m asl. Records from the Sierra del Turimiquire, in Sucre and Monagas States, are misidentifications.

Habitat and Ecology

It is an inhabitant of small ponds in cloud forests. It lays its eggs directly in water, where the larvae also develop.

Population

This is an uncommon species that is estimated to have undergone a significant decline over the past ten years.

Population Trend

Decreasing

Major Threats

The main threats are agriculture, involving both crops and livestock, as well as agricultural pollution. The recent introduction of Rana catesbeiana has probably been at least partly responsible for the decline in populations of this frog.

Conservation Actions

Although most of the species' range is outside protected areas, it may occur in Parque Nacional La Culata and/or Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada. Remaining cloud forest habitats in the Venezuelan Andes are in urgent need of protection.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was previously included in the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Dendropsophus (Faivovich et al. 2005).

Citation

Enrique La Marca 2004. Dendropsophus meridensis. In: IUCN 2014

 

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