Since 1984 there have been no records of Rhaebo colomai (Hoogmoed, 1985) within the territory of Ecuador. This species was known from 2 localities in the province of Carchi, northwestern Ecuador, and the department of Nariño, southwestern Colombia, which were reported in 1979 and 2015, respectively. We report the recent sightings of R. colomai at 3 new localities in Ecuador and discuss and evaluate this species’ extinction risk and conservation status.
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Carolina Reyes-Puig thanks the project “Programa de Inventarios y Monitoreo del Sistema de Reservas Ecominga”, executed by the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad and funded by University of Basel Botanical Garden, Rainforest Trust, and Fundación EcoMinga through the collaboration of Heinz Schneider, Lou Jost, Javier Robayo, and Mario H. Yánez-Muñoz. Field work by QCAZ, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, was funded by a grant from SENESCYT (Arca de Noé Initiative; S. R. Ron and O. Torres-Carvajal principal investigators). J.W. Streicher was in part supported by an NSFDEB-NERC grant (NE/R002150/1). M. Wilkinson was funded by the Natural History Museum. Field work by S.T. Maddock was partially funded by University of Wolverhampton. Field work by H. Müller was made possible through a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Field work by M. Torres-Sánchez was in part supported by Gans Collections and Charitable Fund. The travel to Ecuador by R. Kotharambath was made possible by the grant from the International Travel Support, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Research by Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) was supported by the Secretaría Nacional de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (Programa de Becas “Universidades de Excelencia”, granted to D.F. Cisneros-Heredia) and the USFQ (“Impact of habitat changes on the biological diversity of the northern tropical Andes”, project ID 1057; “Taxonomía, Biogeografía y Conservación de Anfibios and Reptiles”, Project ID 48; USFQ Collaboration Grant and USFQ Research Publication Fund to Diego F. Cisneros-Heredia, principal investigator).
Reyes-Puig, Carolina; Bittencourt-Silva, Gabriela B.; Torres-Sánchez, María; Wilkinson, Mark; Streicher, Jeffrey W.; Maddock, Simon T.; Kotharambath, Ramachandran; Müller, Hendrik; Larrera, Francesca Nicole Angiolani; Amieda-Reinoso, Diego; Ron, Santiago R.; and Cisneros-Heredia, Diego Francisco, "Rediscovery of the Endangered Carchi Andean Toad, Rhaebo colomai (Hoogmoed, 1985), in Ecuador, with Comments on Its Conservation Status and Extinction Risk" (2019). Neuroscience Faculty Publications. 65.