Telmatobufo venustus (Philippi, 1899)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Calyptocephalellidae > Genus: Telmatobufo > Species: Telmatobufo venustus

Bufo venustus Philippi, 1899, An. Univ. Chile, 104: 723. Holotype: MNHNC; by implication in original; IZUC 205051 according to Formas and Veloso, 1982, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 95: 688–693. Type locality: "Andibus provinciae Cautin et Chillan in altitudine 3–4000 ped. supra mare"; given as Cordillera de Chillán, Chillán Province, Chile, app. 1200 m by Formas and Veloso, 1982, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 95: 688–693.

Telmatobufo venustusFormas and Veloso, 1982, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 95: 688.

English Names

Chile Mountains False Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 85).


Fragmented populations on the western slopes of the Chilean Andes in Bio Bio, Ñuble, and Maule Regions, Chile, 914–1683 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Chile

Endemic: Chile


Redescribed by Formas and Veloso, 1982, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 95: 688–693. Formas, Nuñez, and Brieva, 2001, Rev. Chilena Hist. Nat., 74: 365–387, provided a facsimile of the original plate of the type. 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: 420. See Lobos, Vidal-Maldonado, Correa-Quezada, Labra-Lillo, Díaz-Páez, Charrier, Rabanal, Díaz-Vidal, and Tala, 2013, Anf. Chile Conserv.: 1–104, for comments on conservation status and range. Caro-Lagos and Charrier, 2020, Bol. Chil. Herpetol., 7: 42–45, provided a record for Parque Nacional Radal Siete Tazas, Maule Region, Chile. González-Véliz, Valdés-Puga, Espinoza-Carbullanca, Serrano-Serrano, and Velásquez, 2022, Rev. Latinoam. Herpetol., 5: 68–72, provided records from the Región de Ñuble, Chile, discussed previous records of the species, and provided a dot map for the distribution. Correa-Quezada, Osses, Morales, and Ortiz, 2023, Herpetozoa, Wien, 36: 335–343, discussed the range and previous literature in detail and provided a dot map. 

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