Seminar by Roberto Alonso-Bosch

« Bases for Conservation of the Most Threatened Cuban Toad, Peltophryne florentinoi (Anura: Bufonidae) » 

Dr Roberto Alonso-Bosch, Friday, September 27th 2019 at 11am, amphi Monge

Zapata’s toad, Peltophryne florentinoi, inhabits exclusively the coastal microphyllous evergreen forests on limestone landscapes near Playa Girón, Zapata Swamp, Matanzas province, Cuba. This species has been catalogued as Critically Endangered by the IUCN taking into account its reduced extent of occurrence, and the potential threat of the sea‐level rise. However, its population dynamic, abundance, reproductive activity and its potential responses to predicted environmental pressures have been poorly studied. This contribution shows the first data about relative abundance, reproduction and ecological requirements of this poorly known Cuban endemic toad. We evaluate the potential effects of current anthropogenic activities and future scenarios of climate change and sea‐level rise. The main actions of an educational campaign implemented to enrich the knowledge of local people about the species conservation and its habitat protection are also presented.

Dr Roberto Alonso-Bosch, Titular Researcher

Museo de Historia Natural “Felipe Poey”. Facultad de Biología. Universidad de La Habana