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IUCN Red List assessment


Conservation Needs Assessment

Oophaga vicentei ,   Vicente's Poison Frog
Assessed for:  Panama   on: 17 Sep 2018   by: Roberto Ibáñez  
Assessment Status: Completed  
Order:   Anura     Family:   Dendrobatidae

IUCN Global Red List:   Data Deficient (DD)   
IUCN National Red List:   (not assessed)   
Distribution:     Panama  
Evolutionary Distinctiveness score:   7.696642049 
Recommended Conservation Actions:   In Situ Conservation  , In Situ Research  , Ex Situ Research  , Conservation Education   
Additional Comments:    

Question #Short NameQuestion TextResponseComments
1 Extinction risk Current IUCN Red List category. [Data obtained from the IUCN Red List.] Vulnerable (VU) Based on criteria A4cde, according to the workshop: “Conservación de Anfibios de Panamá: Evaluación de Especies Amenazadas para Programas Ex situ y la Lista Roja de la UICN”, held on October 23rd, 2015, in Panama City, Panama.
2 Possibly extinct Is there a strong possibility that this species might be extinct in the wild? No / unlikely It has a limited distribution range, most of its range is outside protected areas. Deforestation due to increasing human settlements and mining activities within its distribution range is a major threat to this species. Not clear if emerging diseases, such as chytridiomycosis, is a threat, particularly in lowland areas of its distribution. It is in the pet trade.
3 Phylogenetic significance The taxon’s Evolutionary Distinctiveness (ED) score, as generated by the ZSL EDGE program. (These data are not editable by Assessors). ED value < 20
4 Protected habitat Is a population of at least 50% of the individuals of the taxon included within a reliably protected area or areas? No / unlikely
5 Habitat for reintroduction Does enough suitable habitat exist, either within or outside of currently protected areas that is suitable for potential reintroduction or translocation? Yes / probably
6 Previous reintroductions Have reintroduction or translocation attempts been made in the past for this species? No
7 Threat mitigation Are the threats facing the taxon, including any new and emerging threats not considered in the IUCN Red List, potentially reversible? Threats are likely to be reversible in time frame to prevent further decline / extinction
8 Over-collection from the wild Is the taxon suffering from unsustainable collection within its natural range, either for food, for the pet trade or for any other reason, which threatens the species’ continued persistence in the wild? No / unlikely However, it is known to be kept in terraria and has been in the pet trade.
9 Population recovery Is the known population of this species in the wild large enough to recover naturally, without ex situ intervention if threats are mitigated? Unknown
10 Biological distinctiveness Does the taxon exhibit, for example, a distinctive reproductive mode, behaviour, aspect of morphology or physiology, within its Class (e.g. Amphibia, Reptilia etc.)? Aspect of biology shared with < 6 other species Eggs usually laid on vegetation, e.g., bromeliads. Female transport of tadpoles and deposit them in phytotelmata, returning to feed the tadpoles with unfertilized eggs.
11 Cultural/socio-economic importance Does the taxon have a special human cultural value (e.g. as a national or regional symbol, in a historic context, featuring in traditional stories) or economic value (e.g. food, traditional medicine, tourism) within its natural range or in a wider global context? No
12 Scientific importance Is the species vital to current or planned research other than species-specific ecology/biology/conservation? (e.g. human medicine, climate change, environmental pollutants and conservation science), within its Class (e.g. Amphibia, Reptilia etc.)? No research dependent on this species
13 Ex situ research Does conserving this species (or closely related species) in situ depend upon research that can be most easily carried out ex situ? Yes In fact, most information on behavior and breeding biology of this species was carried out in ex situ conditions.
14 Husbandry analog Do the biological and ecological attributes of this species make it suitable for developing husbandry regimes for more threatened related species? i.e. could this species be used in captivity to help to develop husbandry and breeding protocols which could be used for a similar, but more endangered species at a later stage? Yes Oophaga spp.
15 Captive breeding Has this species been successfully maintained and bred in captivity? Yes, bred to F1
16 Educational potential Is the species especially diurnal/active/colourful and therefore suited to be an educational ambassador for conservation of this group of species? Yes
17 Mandate Is there an existing conservation mandate recommending the ex situ conservation of this taxon? No
18 Range State approval Would a proposed ex situ initiative for this species be supported (and approved) by the range State (either within the range State or out-of-country ex situ)? Yes / probably
19 Founder specimens Are sufficient animals of the taxon available or potentially available (from wild or captive sources) to initiate the specified ex situ program? Yes / probably
20 Taxonomic status Has a complete taxonomic analysis of the species in the wild been carried out, to fully understand the functional unit you wish to conserve (i.e. have species limits been determined)? Yes

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