Eupsophus vertebralis Grandison, 1961

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Alsodidae > Genus: Eupsophus > Species: Eupsophus vertebralis

Eupsophus vertebralis Grandison, 1961, Bull. Brit. Mus. (Nat. Hist.), Zool., 8: 136. Holotype: NHMW 4660.1, according to the original publication. Type locality: "Valdivia, Chile".

English Names

Valdivia Ground Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 81).


From the National Park Tolhuaca (Región de La Araucanía) to the Cordillera Pelada (Región de Los Ríos), Chile; reported from Puerto Blest, Rio Negro Province, Argentina, 50–1000 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Argentina, Chile


Considered a synonym of Alsodes vittatus by Donoso-Barros, 1976, Arch. Biol. Med. Experim., Univ. Chile, 10: 50. Removed from synonymy by Formas, 1989, Bol. Soc. Biol. Concepción, 60: 123-127. In the Eupsophus vertebralis group of Formas and Brieva, 1994, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 107: 391-397. Formas, 1993, J. Herpetol., 28: 394-395, reported on a triploid individual. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 622. 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. Suárez-Villota, Quercia, and Nuñez, 2018, J. Genomics, 6: 98–102, reported on the mitochondrial genome. See Correa-Quezada and Durán, 2019, ZooKeys, 863: 107–152, for discussion of systematics and range. Quercia, Suárez-Villota, Foresti, and Nuñez, 2020, Comp. Cytogenet., 14: 61–74, discussed the comparative cytogenetics of this species and Eupsophus emiliopugini.  

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