Pristimantis muricatus (Lynch and Miyata, 1980)

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

Eleutherodactylus muricatus Lynch and Miyata, 1980, Breviora, 457: 2. Holotype: MCZ 94469, by original designation. Type locality: "Río Faisanes where it is crossed by Ecuador Highway 28 (the road from La Palma to Quito via Chiriboga), 14.4 km from the junction with Highway 30 (the Aloag to Santo Domingo de los Colorados road) at La Palma, Provincia Pichincha, Ecuador, 1380 m."

Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) muricatusLynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 228.

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

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

English Names

Rio Faisanes Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 77).


Spotty distribution between 800–1380 m elevation in the western foothls of the Andes in the provinces of Cañar, Cotopaxi, Esmeraldas, Guayas, Imbabura, Los Ríos, Manabí, Pichincha, and Santo Domingo, Ecuador, 220 to 1380 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ecuador

Endemic: Ecuador


In the Eleutherodactylus rubricundus assembly of the Eleutherodactylus unistrigatus group. See account by Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 115-116, who place it in the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) unistrigatus group of the Eleutherodactylus martinicensis series. 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 muricatus) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 359. Ortega-Andrade, Bermingham, Aulestia, and Paucar, 2010, Check List, 6: 121, reported the species in Esmeraldas Province, northwestern Ecuador. Cruz-García, Zapata-Salvatierra, Sánchez-Nivicela, Chauca, Matecki, and Perez-Correa, 2024, Ecol. Evol., 14(e11401): 7–8, discussed the range, provided a dot map, and provided a record from Cañar Province, Ecuador.  

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