Atelopus sorianoi La Marca, 1983

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

Atelopus sorianoi La Marca, 1983, Milwaukee Public Mus. Contrib. Biol. Geol., 54: 1. Holotype: CVULA 2783, by original designation. Type locality: "cloud forest 10 km SSE Tovar, 2718 m, Estado Mérida, Venezuela". See comment. 

English Names

Cloud Forest Stubfoot Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 40).

Scarlet Harlequin Toad (Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 176).


Known only from the vicinity of the type locality in humid montane forest in the Cordillera de Mérida, Venezuela, 2400–2718 m elevation. See comment. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Venezuela

Endemic: Venezuela


In the Atelopus ignescens group and closest to Atelopus oxyrhynchus and Atelopus carbonerensis, according to the original publication. Species group not addressed by Lynch, 1993, Alytes, 11: 77–87. Barrio-Amorós, 2004, Rev. Ecol. Lat. Am., 9: 3, noted Venezuelan distribution and relevant literature and suggested that taxon is extinct. 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: 176. La Marca and Soriano, 2005, in Rueda-Almonacid et al. (eds.), Ranas Arlequines: 112, provided a brief account, photograph, and map. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 9, for remarks on distribution, destruction of the type locality by a landslide, possible extinction, and literature. 

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