Atelopus varius

Atelopus varius

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Atelopus varius

Atelopus varius, the Costa Rican variable harlequin toad or clown frog, is a small Neotropical true toad from the family Bufonidae . Once ranging from Costa Rica to Panama, A. varius is now listed as critically endangered and has been reduced to a single remnant population near Quepos, Costa Rica and has only relict populations in western Panama . Recent variation in air temperature, precipitation, stream flow patterns, and the subsequent spread of a pathogenic chytrid fungus linked to global climate change have been the leading cause of decline for A. varius . A. zeteki has been considered a subspecies of A. varius, but is now generally considered a separate species .

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1. Atelopus varius Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atelopus_varius
2. Atelopus varius on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/54560/3016252

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