Bolitoglossa adspersa (Peters, 1863)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Bolitoglossa > Species: Bolitoglossa adspersa

Spelerpes (Oedipus) adspersus Peters, 1863, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1863: 468. Syntypes: ZMB 4915 (formerly 4 specimens), 4916 (formerly 4 specimens), 4932 (formerly 5 specimens), 4933 (formerly 3 specimens), 5141 (formerly 2 specimens) and 50279, 50282-88, and 50294-99, presumably renumbered from former duplicates; see comments by Bauer, Good, and Günther, 1993, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 69: 294. Type locality: "Bogotá", Cundinamarca, Colombia.

Geotriton adspersusCope, 1865, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 17: 196.

Oedipus adspersusCope, 1869, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 21: 103.

Spelerpes adspersusBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Grad. Batr. Apoda Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 70.

Geotriton andicola Posada Arango, 1909, Estudios Cientificos del Doctor Andres Posada: 125. Type(s): Not designated or known to exist. Type locality: "Andes en Sur América"; presumably in Colombia and likely from the environs of Medellin by implication of the residence of the author and the focus of the volume; listed as Medellín, Colombia by Dunn, 1926, Salamanders Fam. Plethodontidae: 393. Synonymy by Dunn, 1926, Salamanders Fam. Plethodontidae: 393; Wake and Brame, 1962, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 49: 7.

Oedipus adspersusDunn, 1926, Salamanders Fam. Plethodontidae: 393.

? Magnadigita adspersaTaylor, 1944, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 30: 218.

Bolitoglossa adspersaNiceforo Maria, 1958, Bol. Soc. Cience. Nat. Inst. La Salle, Bogotá, 198: 10.

Magnadigita adspersaStebbins and Hendrickson, 1959, Univ. California Publ. Zool., 56: 497.

Bolitoglossa adspersaGinés, 1959, Mem. Soc. Cienc. Nat. La Salle, 19: 100. Niceforo Maria, 1960, Caldasia, 8: 337.

Bolitoglossa andicolaNiceforo Maria, 1960, Caldasia, 8: 338.

Bolitoglossa andinaNiceforo Maria, 1960, Caldasia, 8: 338. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Bolitoglossa (Eladinea) aspersaParra-Olea, García-París, and Wake, 2004, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 81: 336.

English Names

Peter's Mushroomtongue Salamander (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 29).


Eastern Andes north of Bogotá to the Páramo de La Rusia and south of Bogotá to Aguadita, near Fusagasuga, Colombia.


In the Bolitoglossa (Eladinea) adspersa group of Parra-Olea, García-París, and Wake, 2004, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 81: 336. See account by Brame and Wake, 1963, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 69: 40. García-París, Parra-Olea, Brame, and Wake, 2002, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 16: 49, regarded this species to be the sister taxon of the Bolitoglossa mexicana group. Lynch and Renjifo, 2001, Guia Anf. Rept. Bogota: 29, presented a brief account and photograph. See García-París, Parra-Olea, and Wake, 2008, Herpetol. J., 18: 23-31, for systematic comments. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 330, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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