The painted frog (Atelopus ebenoides), a species of true toad, lives only in Colombia. It consists of two populations: the southern population lives in the southern Colombian Andes in the Cauca and Huila Departments. The northern population (called Atelopus ebenoides marinkellei) may be a separate species and occurs only in the Boyacá Department, in the Cordillera Oriental.
The species' population has probably experienced a huge decline due to chytridiomycosis. The southern species has not been recorded since 1992, although no detailed searches have been attempted. The northern population was unrecorded from 1995, despite some searching, until it was spotted again in 2006.
- Cadena et al. (2004). Atelopus ebenoides. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a range map and justification for why this species is critically endangered
- Atelopus ebenoides, Cadena, A., Acosta-Galvis, A., Bolívar, W. & Lynch, J. 2004. In: IUCN 2006. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, accessed on 21 May 2006.
- 'Extinct' frog comes back to life, BBC, 19 May 2006, accessed May 21, 2006.