Cainarachi Poison Frog
The Cainarachi Poison Frog, Ameerega cainarachi, is listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This small poison frog is found only in the Cainarachi Valley in northern San Martin Department, Peru, where it is most common in the Huallaga Canyon, between 250 and 750 metres.
The Cainarachi Poison Frog is vulnerable to the destructive activities within its range. Much of the species’ habitat is very close to human settlements and is therefore under threat from forest conversion to make way for coffee plantations, as well as from firewood collecting and livestock grazing.
Owing to its small range, the survival of the Cainarachi Poison Frog is dependant upon the future management of its habitat. As it is not known from any protected reserves, the most important conservation requirement for this species is the implementation of measures to safeguard the areas in which it is found.