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Ex situ programs: Hemiphractus fasciatus

Species

Hemiphractus fasciatus 

Region

Mesoamerica 

Category

Rescue (CNAW) 

Country

Panama 

Recommended

At an AArk Conservation Needs Assessment workshop 

ESU

Yes 

ESU project

 

Institution

El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center 

Start

2005 

Location

Yes 

Resources

Yes 

Resources link

 

# of staff

Yes 

Capacity-building

 

Space

Yes 

Space required

 

Coordinator?

Yes 

Coordinator's name

Heidi Ross 

Coordinator’s institution

El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center 

Coordinator's email

rossheid@yahoo.com 

Management group

No 

Group details

 

Management plan?

No 

Link to plan

 

Husbandry Guidelines

In preparation 

Guidelines link

 

Knowledge gaps

Yes 

Knowledge gap info

We need to define if the animals we are keeping at the moment all belong to the same species and not several cryptic ones. There is not enough information available about the natural history of the species in the wild which has caused dietary limitations in captivity.

Founder calculation

No 

Founder collection

Yes 

Additional founders

Yes 

# founders

6 Males :  15 Females  : 4 Unsexed 

Management

Yes 

Gene diversity

None 

Offspring produced

Yes 

F2 produced

No 

Isolation

Yes 

Threat mitigation

No 

Releases undertaken

No 

Health checks

No 

Post-release

No 

Secure

No 

Comments

H. fasciatus is one of the species we have had great succes breeding in captivity, which represents a big challenge due the reduced amount of space available due to the fact that metamorphing individuals of this species are extremely territorial. We are planning to compile all the experience we have with this species to produce a comprehensive husbandry and reproduction protocol for the species. The information will be valuable and could be used to reproduce similar captive conditions for ex situ management of similar species. Training: At the moment we are needing to hire specific keepers for our insect colonies, and to perform amphibian husbandry. We can provide the training to the new keepers when we hire them (we need at least 2 new keepers). Space: Right now we have enough space for the founding population, but we are aware that lack of space becomes a problem every time we get to reproduce them. 

Photo 1

 

Photo 1 description

H. fasciatus with eggs on her back at EVACC 2008. Photo by Edgardo J. Griffith.

Photo 2

 

Photo 2 description

Juvenile H. fasciatus eating an earthworm at EVACC 2008. Photo by Edgardo J. Griffith.

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Releases

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Offspring

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F2

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Link

Hemiphractus fasciatus 

Range

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Isolated

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Phylogeny

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Created at 10/11/2010 5:21 PM  by Kevin Johnson 
Last modified at 1/25/2013 7:05 PM  by Kevin Johnson