Brachycephalus nodoterga Miranda-Ribeiro, 1920

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Brachycephaloidea > Family: Brachycephalidae > Genus: Brachycephalus > Species: Brachycephalus nodoterga

Brachycephalus ephippium var. nodoterga Miranda-Ribeiro, 1920, Rev. Mus. Paulista, São Paulo, 12: 314. Holotype: MZUSP 809 (one of a lot of 4 specimens), by original designation; Pombal, 2010, Bol. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, N.S., Zool., 526: 6, noted that the holotype is now renumbered MZUSP 0975. Type locality: "Serra Cantareira, S[ão]. Paulo", Brazil.

Brachycephalus nodotergaHeyer, Rand, Cruz, Peixoto, and Nelson, 1990, Arq. Zool., São Paulo, 31: 245.

English Names

Serra Cantareira Saddleback Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 38).


Known from six localities in the state of São Paulo, Brazil: 1) Parque Estadual de Cantareira; 2) Estação Biológica de Boracéia, Salesópolis: 3) Parque Estadual de Ilhabela; 4) Santana de Parnaíba; 5) São Roque mountains, north of Osasco; Ilha de São Sebastião.  

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil

Endemic: Brazil


Resurrected from the synonymy of Brachycephalus ephippium by Heyer, Rand, Cruz, Peixoto, and Nelson, 1990, Arq. Zool., São Paulo, 31: 245, where it had been placed by Cochran, 1955 "1954", Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 206: 5-7. See account by Abegg, Ortiz, Rocha, and Condez, 2015, Check List, 11 (no. 5, art. 1769): 1–3, provided a record for north of Osasco, São Roque mountains, São Paul, Brazil. Clemente-Carvalho, Perez, Tonhatti, Condez, Sawaya, Haddad, and Reis, 2016, J. Herpetol., 50: 169–178, discussed the identity of the population on the Ilha de São Sebastião within a larger discussion of morphological and molecular distance among populations with reference to biogeography. 

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