Atelopus franciscus Lescure, 1974

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Bufonidae > Genus: Atelopus > Species: Atelopus franciscus

Atelopus franciscus Lescure, 1974, Vie Milieu, Paris, Ser. C, Biol. Terr., 23: 131. Holotype: MNHNP 1975.1502 (formerly LG 192), by original designation. Type locality: "Crique Gregoire (Kerenroch), [Guyane Française] près de la Station ORSTOM, sur le fleuve Sinnamary (lat. 5° 5′ N, long. 53° 2′ W)".

English Names

Central Coast Stubfoot Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 39).


French Guiana, central coastal region in lowland rainforest. See comment. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: French Guiana

Endemic: French Guiana


Presumably in the Atelopus flavescens group of Lynch, 1993, Alytes, 11: 77–87. Lescure and Marty, 2000, Collect. Patrimoines Nat., Paris, 45: 50–51, provided a brief account and photo. Lötters, Haas, Schick, and Böhme, 2002, Salamandra, 38: 168, implied that this taxon may not be differentiable from Atelopus flavescens. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 166. Boistel, Lötters, and Blanc, 2005, in Rueda-Almonacid et al. (eds.), Ranas Arlequines: 125, provided a brief account, photograph, and map, and suggested that this taxon might be a synonym of Atelopus flavescens, as did Lötters, van der Meijden, Coloma, Boistel, Cloetens, Ernst, Lehr, and Veith, 2011, Syst. Biodiversity, 9: 52. Jorge, Ferrão, and Lima, 2020, Diversity, 12 (310): 7, presented phylogenetic evidence that Atelopus franciscus is imbedded within nominal Atelopus hoogmoedi, the implication being that Atelopus hoogmoedi is a species complex. Lescure, Dewynter, Frétey, Ineich, Ohler, Vidal, and De Massary, 2022, Bull. Soc. Herpetol. France, 181(5): 1–17, without comment excluded this taxon from the fauna of French Guiana, implying that the authors consider it a synonym of Atelopus hoogmoedi or Atelopus flavescens

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