Species Data

Class: Amphibia

Order: Anura

Family: Bufonidae

Scientific Name: Rhaebo olallai

IUCN Red List status: Critically Endangered

IUCN Species Range Map

 
 

Description

This tiny toad is dark brown in colour. Froglets show irregular white lines covering their bodies. It also shows a prominent red eye.

 
 

Behaviour

The Tandayapa Andean Toad was first decribed in the 190s, but then not seen again for 43 years until it was rediscovered in November 2012. As a result of its extreme rarity and recent rediscovery, almost nothing is known of its behaviour.

Tandayapa Andean Toad on a leaf. Ross Maynard.
Manduriacu Reserve. Image credit: Sebastian Kohn.
 

Habitat

This species of frog is reliant on Ecuadorian tropical forest.

 
Manduriacu Reserve. Image credit: Sebastian Kohn.
 

Threats and Conservation

The Tandayapa Andean Toas is critically endangered as result of deforestation to make way for agriculture. It is also likely to be impacted by water quality and changes in flow patterns. Following decimating and fragmentation of its habitat, it is now absent form the area it was first found in in the 1970s, leading to fears it could be lost again if the only site it has been recorded at suffers a similar fate.

 
 

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References

IUCN Red List