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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 328-333

Conservation Needs of Batrachophrynus and Telmatobius Frogs of the Andes of Peru

Departamento de Herpetología, Museo de Historia Natural de San Marcos, Apartado 140434, Lima 14, Peru

Correspondence Address:
Ariadne Angulo
P.O. Box 19004, 360A Bloor Street W.,Toronto, ON, M5S 1X1, Canada

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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4923.49196

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Recent reports indicate that Andean frogs of the genera Batrachophrynus and Telmatobius have under­gone severe population declines across much of their geographical range, with several factors (e.g., pollu­tion, habitat degradation and destruction, climate change, disease and harvesting) potentially involved in these declines. However, positive identification and quantification of these factors, as well as that of their interactions, are needed in order to better inform future conservation action. Peru is considered a hotspot for these frogs; it is home to at least 40 percent of all known species of Telmatobius and 100 percent of all known species of Batrachophrynus. An assessment of the current state of conservation knowledge of these Andean frogs in this country is provided, including data from both the Global Amphibian Assess­ment, and Peru's Instituto Nacional de los Recursos Naturales, with special attention to those factors that may affect population status. Specific research and conservation recommendations for these frogs and their habitats are suggested.

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