Atelopus balios

Atelopus balios

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Atelopus balios

Atelopus balios, the Rio Pescado stubfoot toad, is a species of toad in the family Bufonidae. It is endemic to southwestern Ecuador, with records from Pacific lowlands in Azuay, Cañar, and Guayas Provinces. It is a rare species that was already suspected to be extinct, but a single specimen was discovered in 2011 by a team from Conservation International during a hunt for missing amphibians. The decline in amphibian populations is well documented. The Atelopus balios is Critically Endangered as a result of the widespread amphibian Chytridiomycosis fungus that has decimated other amphibian populations. There are only 10 known findings of the tadpole, Atelopus balios.

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1. Atelopus balios Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atelopus_balios
2. Atelopus balios on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/54491/98640710

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