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Amphibians & Reptiles

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Species
Sapito acollarado andino, Mannophryne cordilleriana
  • Critically Endangered
  • Collared Poison Frog, Mannophryne collaris
  • Endangered
  • Sapito leopardo, Aromobates leopardalis
  • Critically Endangered
  • Leptodactylus “meridensis”
  • Undetermined
  • Researchers
    Dr. Enrique La Marca, Dr. Felipe Pereira
    Organization
    Biocontacto
    Area
    Mérida, Venezuela

    The Andean Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Center is an exciting new initiative of Biocontacto that combines captive propagation at a zoological facility with field research on endangered amphibians and reptiles.

    Global Conservation Connections supports three areas of Venezuelan amphibian and reptile conservation: captive breeding and research, field studies and conservation education. With our Venezuelan partners, we have established a center for the research, care, and reproduction of highly endangered frogs, snakes and lizards. Four species of frogs from the disappearing cloud forest habitat of Merida are the first at the center where we are learning more about the rare frogs and developing and documenting breeding and husbandry techniques. Our field research will help us understand more about where the frogs live in the wild and why they are disappearing. As a result we will actively work to reverse the dangerous drop in population through community based conservation programs and possible reintroduction.

    The Center is currently focused on four frog species:

    Sapito Acollarado Andino, Mannophryne cordilleriana

    Critically Endangered

    This frog species is known from a few localities in the vicinity of Santo Domingo, in the state of Mérida, in the Venezuelan Andes. It inhabits montane humid forest. The eggs are laid on land and the male protects the eggs. When the eggs are hatched, the male carries the larvae on his back to the streams where they develop further. The quality of its habitat has been declining and has become severely fragmented

    Collared Poison Frog, Mannophryne collaris

    Endangered

    This frog species is known from a few localities in the vicinity of Santo Domingo, in the state of Mérida, in the Venezuelan Andes. It inhabits montane humid forest. Its unusual reproductive behavior is similar to M. cordilleriana It has been found in polluted streams and some frogs have been found with deformities. This species also suffers from various habitat threats.

    Sapito Leopardo, Aromobates leopardalis

    Critically Endangered

    This frog species is known only from a very restricted area near Páramo de Mucubají, Sierra de Santo Domingo, in estado Mérida, in the Venezuelan Andes. It inhabits páramo grassland and sub-páramo shrubland environments and cloud forest, the habitats in the Venezuelan Andes having the greatest elevations. It is usually found within grasses and frailejones, usually along and within streams.

    Leptodactylus “meridensis”

    This new species of Leptodactylus has not been formally described nor evaluated in terms of the IUCN categories. Due to the extremely small range that is known at this time, this new species should be considered at risk until we can determine otherwise.

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