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Scarlet Harlequin Frog

scientific name: Atelopus sorianoi

Last seen: 1990 in Venezuela

Years lost: 27

The rediscovery of the Scarlet Harlequin 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.