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Scarlet Harlequin Frog
Scientific Name: ATELOPUS SORIANOILast Seen: 1990 IN VENEZUELAYear Found: TBDYears Lost: 29Red List Status: Critically Endangered
The rediscovery of this lost frog could be the key to better understanding how species rebound from the chytrid fungus that has decimated amphibians worldwide and hit harlequin frogs particularly hard. The Scarlet Harlequin Frog has the most restricted geographic range of any Venezuelan Atelopus species and is known from a single stream in an isolated Venezuelan cloud forest. Anecdotal reports from locals indicate that it could be surviving in a remote patch of cloud forest that researchers have not yet surveyed.