Pristimantis balionotus (Lynch, 1979)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Brachycephaloidea > Family: Strabomantidae > Subfamily: Pristimantinae > Genus: Pristimantis > Species: Pristimantis balionotus

Eleutherodactylus balionotus Lynch, 1979, Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 66: 7. Holotype: KU 142136, by original designation. Type locality: "13.5 km E Loja, at the crest of the cordillera (Abra de Zamora) between Provincia Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador, 2800 m."

Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) balionotusLynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 220.

Pristimantis balionotusHeinicke, Duellman, and Hedges, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., 104: Table 2.

Pristimantis (Pristimantis) balionotusHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 128.

Pristimantis (Huicundomantis) balionotus — Páez and Ron, 2019, ZooKeys, 868: 27. 

English Names

Crest Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 72).

Speckled Rain Frog (Székely, Eguiguren, Ordóñez-Delgado, Armijos-Ojeda, and Székely, 2020, PLoS One, 15(9: e0238306): 44). 

Distribution

Known  from the type locality (13.5 km E Loja, at the crest of the cordillera, Abra de Zamora, between Provincia Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe) and ca. 9 km to the south of that locality in the Reserva Madrigal del Podocarpus, Loja Province, Ecuador, 2770 to 2960 m elevation. 

Comment

Forms a vicariant series with Eleutherodactylus riveti and Eleutherodactylus ruidus according to Lynch, 1979, Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 66: 51. In the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) martinicensis series, Eleutherodactylus unistrigatus group according to Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 220. In the Pristimantis (Pristimantis) unistrigatus species group of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 128. Not assignable to species group according to Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 127. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Eleutherodactylus balionotus) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 320. Székely, Eguiguren, Ordóñez-Delgado, Armijos-Ojeda, and Székely, 2020, PLoS One, 15(9: e0238306): 43–47, provided an account, summarizing morphology, coloration, advertisement call, distribution, and natural history.

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