Niceforonia latens (Lynch, 1989)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Brachycephaloidea > Family: Strabomantidae > Subfamily: Hypodactylinae > Genus: Niceforonia > Species: Niceforonia latens

Eleutherodactylus latens Lynch, 1989, Milwaukee Public Mus. Contrib. Biol. Geol., 79: 13. Holotype: ICN 6346, by original designation. Type locality: "Boqueron, Serranía Las Valdías, Municipio de Medellin, Departamento de Antioquia, Colombia, 2800-3000 m".

Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) latensLynch, 1996, in Powell and Henderson (eds.), Contr. W. Indian Herpetol.: 154; Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 227.

"Eleutherodactylus" latensHeinicke, Duellman, and Hedges, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., 104: 4.

Isodactylus latensHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 108.

Hypodactylus latensHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1795: 67-68.

Niceforonia latens — Acosta-Galvis, Streicher, Manuelli, Cuddy, and de Sá, 2018, Zootaxa, 4514: 494. 

English Names

Boqueron Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 76).


Subparamo habitats in the Departaments of Antioquia, Caldas, Quindio, and Tolima on the Cordillera Central, Colombia, 2600–3200 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia

Endemic: Colombia


In the Eleutherodactylus nigrovittatus group, most closely related to Eleutherodactylus mantipus, according to the original publication. In the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) conspicillatus series, Eleutherodactylus nigrovittatus group of Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 227. Heinicke, Duellman, and Hedges, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 104: 10092–10097, removed this species from nominal Eleutherodactylus but did not provide a new generic name; see comment under Hypodactylus. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Eleutherodactylus latens) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 353. Rojas-Morales and Marín-Martínez, 2019, J. Threatened Taxa, 11: 13261–13277, discussed habitat preference and natural history (as Hypodactylus latens) in Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados, Caldas, Colombia. 

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