Pristimantis simonsii (Boulenger, 1900)

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

Paludicola simonsii Boulenger, 1900, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 6: 182. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.15.43–44 (formerly 1900.3.30.22–23) according to museum records; BMNH 1947.2.14.43 designated lectotype by Lynch, 1975, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 35: 39. Type locality: "Paramo, Cajamarca, 9000 feet", Peru; restricted to "8 km E Cajamarca, Depto. Cajamarca, Perú, 3000 m" by Lynch, 1975, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 35: 39.

Syrrhopus simonsiiParker, 1927, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 9, 20: 451.

Niceforonia simonsiiLynch, 1968, Herpetologica, 24: 291.

Phrynopus simonsiiLynch, 1975, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 35: 39.

Eleutherodactylus simonsiiLehr, Fritzsch, and Müller, 2005, Zool. Scripta, 34: 593–603.

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

Pristimantis (Pristimantis) simonsiiHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 125.

English Names

Paramo Andes Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 83).


Humid puna at elevations of 3050–3760 m in the northern part of the Cordillera Occidental in the Departamento de Cajamarca, Peru.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Peru

Endemic: Peru


See Duellman, 2000, Herpetologica, 56: 278–279, for account (as Phrynopus simonsii). Duellman and Lehr, 2007, Sci. Pap. Nat. Hist. Mus. Univ. Kansas, 39: 1–13, briefly discussed the range. In the Pristimantis (Pristimantis) orestes species group of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 125. Not assignable to a species group according to Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 128. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Phrynopus simonsii) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 408. See Duellman and Lehr, 2009, Terrest.-breeding Frogs in Peru: 238–240, for brief account.

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