Alsodes coppingeri (Günther, 1881)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Alsodidae > Genus: Alsodes > Species: Alsodes coppingeri

Cacotus coppingeri Günther, 1881, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1881: 19. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.19.97 (formerly, according to Formas, Nuñez, and Cuevas, 2008, Rev. Chilena Hist. Nat., 81: 7, who redescribed the holotype. Type locality: "Port Riofrio (west coast of Patagonia)", southern coastal Chile.

Borborocoetes coppingeriBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 257.

Eupsophus coppingeriCapurro-S., 1958, Invest. Zool. Chilen., 4: 294; Cei, 1962, Invest. Zool. Chilen., 8: 26.

Alsodes coppingeriFormas, Nuñez, and Cuevas, 2008, Rev. Chilena Hist. Nat., 81: 7.

English Names

None noted.


Beyond the type locality known from a few localities in southeastern Chile (Puerto Yungay, Canal Michel, Caleta Tortel, and Caleta Lever), and  few nearby localities near to Lago del Desierto in Santa Cruz Department Argentina. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Argentina, Chile


 Cei, 1962, Batr. Chile: 77–78 (as Eupsophus coppingeri) provided an account (but see Formas, Nuñez, and Cuevas, 2008, Rev. Chilena Hist. Nat., 81: 3–20). See comments under Alsodes australis for discussion of confusion with this species. Removed from the synonymy of Alsodes monticola by Formas, Nuñez, and Cuevas, 2008, Rev. Chilena Hist. Nat., 81: 3–20, where it had been placed by Lynch, 1968, Herpetologica, 24: 255–257; they also noted the type locality and suggested that specimens other than the holotype were referable to other species. See comments under Alsodes australis for relevant taxonomic discussion. Blotto, Nuñez, Basso, Úbeda, Wheeler, and Faivovich, 2013, Cladistics, 29: Appendix S3, pp. 2–3, discussed the range and taxonomic problems with Alsodes australis. See Lobos, Vidal-Maldonado, Correa-Quezada, Labra-Lillo, Díaz-Páez, Charrier, Rabanal, Díaz-Vidal, and Tala, 2013, Anf. Chile Conserv. 1–104, for photograph, comments on conservation status, and range in Chile. Barrasso, Úbeda, Cotichelli, and Basso, 2022, Neotropical Biodiversity, 8: 21–30, reported and confirmed genetically the species from near Lago del Desierto, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina and provided a dot range map for the species. 

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