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18 February 2010

SPECIES OF THE DAY: MINYOBATES STEYERMARKI

The "Demonic poison frog" (Minyobates steyermarki) is a little red frog living in Cerro Yapacana, an isolated table top mountain in southern Venezuela. Even though the place is protected as both a National Monument and a National Park, the species is facing the risks of habitat change mainly through human intervention by mining and associated fires and habitat destruction, as well as illegal pet trading. The species is currently listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 
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