Pristimantis riveti (Despax, 1911)

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

Hylodes riveti Despax, 1911, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, 17: 92. Holotype: MNHNP 1902.357, according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 29. Type locality: "Equateur, . . . Mirador", 3800 m, Tungurahua Province, Ecuador. "Mirador is a mountain peak at an elevation of 3830 m near the border between Carchi and Sucumbíos Provinces", with the type locality presumably "at an elevation between 3500 and 3792 m", by Páez and Ron, 2019, ZooKeys, 868: 100. 

Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) rivetiLynch, 1996, in Powell and Henderson (eds.), Contr. W. Indian Herpetol.: 154; Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 231.

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

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

English Names

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


Known with certainty only from the type locality (see comment and synonymy) from elevations  between 3500 and 3792 m on Mirador, a mountain peak near the border between Carchi and Sucumbíos Provinces, Ecuador. 


In the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) martinicensis series, Eleutherodactylus unistrigatus group according to Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 231. Synonymized with Eleutherodactylus curtipes by Lynch, 1969, Herpetologica, 25: 266, but resurrected by Lynch, 1979, Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 66: 37, who provided an account (unfortunately based on what has been subsequently named as Pristimantis lutzae according to Páez and Ron, 2019, ZooKeys, 868: 100), considered it most closely related to Eleutherodactylus balionotus, and noted previous misidentifications in the literature. Almendáriz C. and Orcés, 2004, Rev. Politécnica, Quito, 25: 128, provided distributional data for Ecuador. 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: 128. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status (as Eleutherodactylus riveti) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 621. : 100–1xx, discussed the taxonomic status of the populations formerly assigned to this species (now including Pristimantis lutzae, Pristimantis gloria, Pristimantis multicolor, Pristimantis chomskyi, and an unnamed species). 

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