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Atelopus seminiferus

Population status and conservation strategies for a newly discovered population of Atelopus seminiferus (Anura: Bufonidae) in the Mayo river basin, Peru


The genus Atelopus is considered as a local and national emblem in Peru. The country has 20 described species, with four species distributed in the department of San Martín (Atelopus andinus, A. pulcher, A. pyrodactylus and A. seminiferus). A. seminiferus was first described in 1874, and 133 years later it was rediscovered in 2007 after thought extinct with a new population recently registered in 2014. This new population presents a new color pattern and some variation in its morphology when compared to the nominal population. A. seminiferus is considered Endangered on the IUCN Red List, endemic to the department of San Martín with few isolated records of individuals in a habitat under great pressure from anthropic activities such as deforestation. The main objective of this project is to evaluate the population status of the new population of A. seminiferus, identify its threats and clarify its taxonomic identify, while involving local communities in all conservation activities highlight and making visible the importance of the species at the local, regional and national level.


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This project is funded by Zoo Heidelberg.


Partner of the project are: Museo de Biodiversidad del Perú, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Florida International University, Global Wildlife Conservation – Atelopus Survial Intiative