Alsodes pehuenche Cei, 1976

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

Alsodes pehuenche Cei, 1976, Atti Soc. Ital. Sci. Nat. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Milano, 117: 162. Holotype: IBAUNC 1646-1, by original designation. Type locality: "Pehuenche Valley in Andean mountains of Southern Mendoza Province, Argentina, 2000 up to 2500 m", Argentina.

Telmalsodes pehuencheDiaz, 1989, Stud. Neotrop. Fauna Environ., 24: 25–33.

Alsodes pehuencheWiens, 1993, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 162: 41, 42.

English Names

Pehuenche Spiny-chest Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 70).


Pehuenche Valley (ca. 36° N), in the Andes of southern Mendoza Province (2000–2500 m), Argentina, and immediately adjacent Chile (ca. 5 km northwest of the Laguna del Maule at Cajón) south to Lo Aguirre Chico (35° 58′ 53″ S), Chile. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Argentina, Chile


Not assigned to species group. See account by Cei, 1980, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Monogr., 2: 286–292. Corbalán, Debandi, and Martínez, 2010, Cuad. Herpetol., 24: 17–23, provided the record for Chile, which was subsequently confirmed by Correa-Quezada, Pastenes-O., Iturra-Constant, Calderón, Vásquez, Lam, Salinas, and Méndez, 2013, Gayana, 77: 125–131. Correa-Quezada, Zepeda, Lagos, Salinas, Palma, and Vásquez, 2018, Zoosyst. Evol., 94: 349–358, discussed the knowledge of this species and provided significant range extensions. 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. Herrera and Velásquez, 2016, Bol. Chil. Herpetol., 3: 4–6, reported on sexual dimorphism in the Talca, Chile, population. Herrera and Velásquez, 2016, Bol. Chil. Herpetol., 3: 17–20, reported on habitat preference. Corbalán, Debandi, Literas, Alvarez, Rivera, Dopazo, Zarco, Cornejo, Cornejo, Blotto, Faivovich, and Masiel, 2023, Herpetol. Conserv. Biol., 18: 48–56, provided new records from Chile, along with risk assessments for the new populations. 

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