Pristimantis petersi (Lynch and Duellman, 1980)

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

Eleutherodactylus petersi Lynch and Duellman, 1980, Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 69: 48. Holotype: KU 143508, by original designation. Type locality: "16.5 km NNE Santa Rosa, Provincia Napo, Ecuador, 1700 m". A secondary homonym of Tomodactylus petersi Duellman, 1954.

Eleutherodactylus petersorum Lynch, 1991, Copeia, 1991: 1139. Replacement name for Eleutherodactylus petersi Lynch and Duellman, 1980.

Eleutherodactylus johnwrighti Lynch, 1996, J. Herpetol., 30: 279. Invalid replacement name for Eleutherodactylus petersi Lynch and Duellman, 1980.

Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) petersorumLynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 230.

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

Pristimantis (Pristimantis) petersorumHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 123.

Pristimantis petersiFrost, 2009, Amph. Spec. World, vers. 5.3. Application of Article 59.4 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (1999).

English Names

Peters' Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 78).


In cloud forests at 1410–1950 m on the eastern face of the Cordillera Central in Departments of Caqueta, Huila, and Putumayo in Colombia and the Provinces of Sucumbios, Morona Santiago, Zamora Chinchipe, Napo, and Pastaza in Ecuador.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Ecuador


In the Eleutherodactylus unistrigatus group, Eleutherodactylus lacrimosus assemblage, according to Heyer and Hardy, 1991, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 104: 444. In the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) martinicensis series, Eleutherodactylus unistrigatus group according to Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 230. Mueses-Cisneros, 2005, Caldasia, 27: 236, provided records for Putumayo, Colombia. In the Pristimantis lacrimosus species group of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 123, and of  Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 126. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Eleutherodactylus petersorum) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 367. See note by Guayasamin and Funk, 2009, Zootaxa, 2220: 41–66, on this species (i.e., Pristimantis cf. petersi) at the Yanayacu Biological Station, Napo, Ecuador. 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., 2016, Rev. Mexicana Biodiversidad, 87: 1292–1300, reported on vocalizations from Sangay National Park, southeastern Ecuador. 

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