Pristimantis sobetes (Lynch, 1980)

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

Eleutherodactylus sobetes Lynch, 1980, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 93: 334. Holotype: KU 179389, by original designation. Type locality: "Quebrada Zapadores, 5 km ESE Chiriboga, Provincia Pichincha, Ecuador, 1,920 m".

Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) sobetesLynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 232.

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

Pristimantis (Pristimantis) sobetesHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 127.

English Names

Sobetes Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 79).

Goblin Rainfrog (Arteaga-Navarro, Bustamante, and Guayasamin, 2013, Amph. Rept. Mindo: 85). 


Known only from a few localities in the Río Saloy Basin in Pichincha and Cotopaxi Provinces, Ecuador, 1657 to 2383 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ecuador

Endemic: Ecuador


In the Eleutherodactylus surdus assembly of the Eleutherodactylus unistrigatus group, nearest Eleutherodactylus duellmani, according to the original publication. See account by Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 133, who rejected the relationship with Eleutherodactylus duellmani, and who placed this species in the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) conspicillatus series, Eleutherodactylus surdus group. Cisneros-Heredia, 2004, Herpetozoa, Wien, 17: 194–195, provided the second record from Ecuador. In the nonmonophyletic Pristimantis (Pristimantis) surdus species group of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 126–127. In the reformulated Pristimantis devillei species group of Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 126. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Eleutherodactylus sobetes) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 382. Arteaga-Navarro, Bustamante, and Guayasamin, 2013, Amph. Rept. Mindo: 85–86, provided an account and dot map for Ecuador. 

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