Oreobates zongoensis is only known from the holotype (a single specimen upon which the description and name of a new species is based) in January 1996.
Therefore very little is known about the ecology and habitat of this species. Subsequent visits to the type locality in Bolivia (where the species was first found) in 1999 and 2003 failed to find any individuals. The type locality has been completely destroyed by the construction of a hydroelectric power plant and it is unknown whether or not the species managed to survival this habitat destruction. This species is part of the family Craugastoridae, which is believed to have diverged from their closest ancestor between 31 and 59 million years ago, before the major Andean uplift. Surveys of the area are urgently required to establish whether this species still survives in the wild.
- Order: Anura
- Family: Craugastoridae
- Population: Possibly extinct
- Trend: decreasing
- Size: 29.1mm
This species is only known from the Zongo Valley, in Murillo Province, in the department of La Paz, Bolivia at 1,250 metres above sea level.
Habitat and Ecology
Found under rocks in Yungas forest. The absence of finger discs suggests it is a terrestrial (land dwelling) species. It presumably breeds by direct development; whereby miniature versions of adults hatch as young and a larval stage is bypassed.