Atelopus pulcher (Boulenger, 1882)

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

Phryniscus pulcher Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 154. Syntypes: BMNH (5 specimens), by original designation including animal figured on pl. 13, fig. 2 of the original and, according to museum records syntypes include 1947.2.14.80-84; BMNH 1947.2.1480 designated lectotype by Lötters, Haas, Schick, and Böhme, 2002, Salamandra, 38: 171. Type locality: "Chyavetas", eastern Peru. Suggested to be "Chayahuitas . . . near the margin or Río Puma [sic] (5° 5′ S, 76° 10′ W), and about 40 miles north of Balsapuerto", Peru, by Rivero, 1968, Caribb. J. Sci., 8: 19.

Atelopus pulcher — Boulenger, 1894, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 14: 375. 

Atelopus pulcher pulcherPeters, 1973, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 145: 41.

Atelopus pulcherGascon, 1989, Rev. Brasil. Zool., 6: 235; Lötters, Haas, Schick, and Böhme, 2002, Salamandra, 38: 165–184.

Atelopus spumarius pulcherHenle, 1992, Bonn. Zool. Beitr., 43: 92.

English Names

None noted.


Lower Andean versant in the upper Río Huallaga drainage, Departamentos San Martin and Loreto, Peru, ca. 600–900 m elevation, possibly into Ecuador.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Peru

Endemic: Peru


Resurrected from the synonymy of Atelopus spumarius by Gascon, 1989, Rev. Brasil. Zool., 6: 235 (see Atelopus manauensis), and Lötters, Haas, Schick, and Böhme, 2002, Salamandra, 38: 165-184, where it had been placed by Rivero, 1968, Caribb. J. Sci., 8: 19; and Lescure, 1981, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Sect. A, Zool., 3: 894. See account by Lötters, Haas, Schick, and Böhme, 2002, Salamandra, 38: 172–182. 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: 174. Lötters and Schulte, 2005, in Rueda-Almonacid et al. (eds.), Ranas Arlequines: 103, provided a brief account, photograph, and map. Lötters, van der Meijden, Coloma, Boistel, Cloetens, Ernst, Lehr, and Veith, 2011, Syst. Biodiversity, 9: 54, rejected the conspecificity of Atelopus pulcher and Atelopus spumarius.

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