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Andersson’s Stubfoot Toad

Citizen science for the recovery of the Andersson’s stubfoot toad Atelopus palmatus in Ecuador


The highly endangered Andersson’s stubfoot toad (Atelopus palmatus) is endemic to Ecuador. The decline of the species is suspected to have already started in the 80s and 90s due to fungal disease of Batrachochittium dendrobatidis (chytrid). In 2010, a small remaining population of this species could be found but until today the population size has continued to decrease. This project is managed by the Museum of Zoology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (QCAZ).  The study combines social science and conservation: together with university students and the local communities the approach is to protect the species and its habitat.  


Overall goals of the project are:



Activities planned within 2021 are:



Project partner : Museo de Zoología Ecuador, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador


This project is supported by the Stiftung Artenschutz. Please find further information on http://bioweb.puce.edu.ec/QCAZ_EN/home