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Current state of conservation knowledge on threatened amphibian species in Peru [ pages 376-396 ]

Rudolf von May, Alessandro Catenazzi, Ariadne Angulo, Jason L. Brown, Jorge Carrillo, Germán Chávez, Jesús H. Córdova, Aleyda Curo, Amanda Delgado, Marco A. Enciso, Roberto Gutiérrez, Edgar Lehr, Jorge L. Martínez, Margarita Medina-Muller, Alfonso Miranda, Daniel R. Neira, José A. Ochoa, Aarón J. Quiroz, Daniel A. Rodríguez, Lily O. Rodríguez, Antonio W. Salas, Tracie Seimon, Anton Seimon, Karen Siu-Ting, Juana Suárez, Claudia Torres, Evan Twomey

This study documents the current state of conservation knowledge on threatened amphibian species in Peru. Following the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classification system, we considered species in the following categories: Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, and Near Threatened. Even though only the first three categories are regarded as threatened by IUCN, we included the fourth category to make comparisons with the list of threatened species issued by the Peruvian government. We used the Global Amphibian Assessment’s database and the list issued in Peru for this comparison. We conducted separate field surveys in 17 regions of Peru to evaluate the presence/absence of threatened amphibian species and species that are potentially threatened. We also used the Declining Amphibian Database–DAPTF, to compare our results with previous assessments on population declines, and the World Wildlife Fund’s Wildfinder database, to determine in which Neotropical ecoregion each species occurs. We compiled data on 83 species, 44 of which are recognized as threatened by the IUCN and/or the Peruvian government. The remaining 39 species should be re-assessed as they face various threats. A re-evaluation of current estimates is needed as only 8% of all species recorded in Peru are recognized as threatened by the government, whereas the global estimate of threatened species is about 32%. In addition to using IUCN criteria, this re-assessment should follow national guidelines standardized in Peru and be in accordance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Because the habitat of almost 40% of threatened species reported herein still remains unprotected, and data on chytridiomycosis and other threats are lacking for most taxa, it is crucial to develop strategies for habitat conservation and research on disease dynamics in natural populations.

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