Niceforonia Goin and Cochran, 1963

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Brachycephaloidea > Family: Strabomantidae > Subfamily: Hypodactylinae > Genus: Niceforonia
15 species

Niceforonia Goin and Cochran, 1963, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 31: 499. Type species: Niceforonia nana Goin and Cochran, 1963, by original designation.

Isodactylus Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 108. Type species: Eleutherodactylus elassodiscus Lynch, 1973, by original designation. Junior homonym of Isodactylus Gray, 1845 (Squamata). Synonymy  by Acosta-Galvis, Streicher, Manuelli, Cuddy, and de Sá, 2018, Zootaxa, 4514: 487. 

Hypodactylus Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1795: 67-68. Replacement name for Isodactylus Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008.

English Names

None noted.


Cordillera Occidental, Central, and Oriental in Colombia southward through Ecuador to the Cordillera Oriental in central Peru and east into the Amazonian Basin in Ecuador and northern Peru.


Removed from the synonymy of Phrynopus by Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 109, where it had been placed by Lynch, 1975, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 35: 8. Hedges et al. (p. 110) noted that the taxon had not yet been included in a phylogenetic analysis. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, also did not include this taxon in their analysis and placed it provisionally as incertae sedis within Craugastoridae. Acosta-Galvis, Streicher, Manuelli, Cuddy, and de Sá, 2018, Zootaxa, 4514: 487–500, placed Hypodactylus into the synonymy of Niceforonia on the basis of molecular data, provided a range map of the species, and commented on internal relationships of the species. Rojas-Morales and Marín-Martínez, 2019, J. Threatened Taxa, 11: 13261–13277, noted an unnamed species in Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados, Caldas, Colombia.  

Contained taxa (15 sp.):

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