Pristimantis katoptroides (Flores, 1988)

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

Eleutherodactylus katoptroides Flores, 1988, J. Herpetol., 22: 37. Holotype: MCZ 90012, by original designation. Type locality: "1 km west of Puyo, between 1000-1050 m, Provincia Pastaza, Ecuador (latitude 78° 00′ W, longitude 01° 23′ S)".

Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) katoptroidesLynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 226.

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

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

English Names

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


Eastern slopes of the Andes in Ecuador from the provinces of Sucumbios, Napo, Pastaza, Morona-Santiago, Zamora-Chinchipe and Tungurahua provinces, between 1000 and 1500 m elevation, as well as the upper watershed of Curintza in the Parque Nacional Podocarpus at 2700 m. Known from the western slope of the Cordillera Central of the Alto Mayo Protected Forest, San Martin Department, as well as the Santiago River basin of Cerro Kampankis, Loreto, Peru. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ecuador, Peru


In the Eleutherodactylus crucifer assembly of the Eleutherodactylus unistrigatus group, according to the original publication. In the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) martinicensis series, Eleutherodactylus unistrigatus group of Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 226. In the Pristimantis (Pristimantis) unistrigatus species group of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 128. Not assignable to a 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 katoptroides) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 351. Reyes-Puig, Reyes-Puig, and Yánez-Muñoz, 2013, Avanc. Cienc. Ingen., Quito, Secc. B,, 5(2): B5-B13, commented on the range in Ecuador. Cusi, Barboza, Vredenburg, and von May, 2015, Check List, 11 (Art. 1608): 1–5, provided the records for Peru and provided a spot map. Brito-M., Batallas-Revelo, and Yánez-Muñoz, 2017, Neotropical Biodiversity, 3: 125–156. provided a record from Morona Santiago, Ecuador and brief natural history notes. Batallas-Revelo and Brito-M., 2023, Herpetozoa, Wien, 36: 59–64, reported on the advertisement call.  

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