Centrolene buckleyi (Boulenger, 1882)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Centrolenidae > Subfamily: Centroleninae > Genus: Centrolene > Species: Centrolene buckleyi

Hylella buckleyi Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 420. Syntypes: BMNH 1878.1.25.16 (Intac, now reregistered as 1947.2.22.54), 1880.12.5.201 (Pallatanga, now reregistered as 1947.2.22.55) according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 187; see comment. Now destroyed. KU 202770 designated neotype by Guayasamin, Cisneros-Heredia, McDiarmid, Peña, and Hutter, 2020, Diversity, 12 (222): 29. Type locality: "Intac" and "Paitanga" (= Pallatanga), Ecuador. Neotype from "Isla Wolf of Laguna Cuicocha (0°18′07” N, 78°22′00” W; 3070 m), Provincia Imbabura, Ecuador". 

Centrolenella buckleyiNoble, 1920, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 42: 442.

Hyla purpurea Nieden, 1923, Das Tierreich, 46: 267. Replacement name for Hylella buckleyi Boulenger, 1882.

Cochranella buckleyiTaylor, 1951, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 64: 35; Rivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 151.

Centrolenella buckleyiGoin, 1964, Herpetologica, 20: 6.

Centrolenella buckleyi buckleyiRivero, 1968, Mem. Soc. Cienc. Nat. La Salle, 28: 323, by implication.

Centrolenella johnelsi Cochran and Goin, 1970, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 288: 515. Holotype: MLS 432, by original designation. Type locality: "San Pedro, north of Medellín, [Departamento] Antioquia, Colombia". Synonymy by Ruiz-Carranza and Lynch, 1991, Lozania, 57: 8–9.

Centrolene buckleyiRuiz-Carranza and Lynch, 1991, Lozania, 57: 19.

Centrolenella bruckleyiAyarzagüena, 1992, Publ. Asoc. Amigos Doñana, 1: xx. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

English Names

Buckley's Giant Glass Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 46).

Buckley's Glass Frog (Guayasamin, Cisneros-Heredia, McDiarmid, Peña, and Hutter, 2020, Diversity, 12 (222): 29). 


Andes of northern and northeastern Colombia through Ecuador. See comment. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Ecuador


Goin, 1961, Zool. Anz., 166: 101, noted that the Pallatanga type specimen had distintegrated and the Intac type specimen could not be found. In the Centrolene prosoblepon group, according to Ruiz-Carranza and Lynch, 1991, Lozania, 57: 1–30. Lynch and Renjifo, 2001, Guia Anf. Rept. Bogota: 39, presented a brief account and photograph. Almendáriz C. and Orcés, 2004, Rev. Politécnica, Quito, 25: 108–109, provided distributional data for Ecuador. Guayasamin, Bustamante, Almeida-Reinoso, and Funk, 2006, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 147: 497–500, provided an account. Cisneros-Heredia and McDiarmid, 2007, Zootaxa, 1572: 48, summarized the relevant literature and noted that the relationship with Centrolene venezuelense is unclear. See comment under Centrolene venezuelense. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 612. See note by Guayasamin and Funk, 2009, Zootaxa, 2220: 41–66, on this species at the Yanayacu Biological Station, Napo, Ecuador; these authors suggested that nominal Centrolene buckleyi may represent a species complex. Amador, Parada, D’Elía, and Guayasamin: 1–20, provided molecular evidence that nominal Centrolene buckleyi is composed of at least three species, none of which is each other's closest relative, one in southern Ecuador, two (including Centrolene buckleyi sensu stricto) in northern Ecuador, and another in central Andean Colombia, with the edges remaining unknown. See detailed account by Guayasamin, Cisneros-Heredia, McDiarmid, Peña, and Hutter, 2020, Diversity, 12 (222): 29–34, including adult morphology, natural history, advertisement call, and conservation status, and who noted that the nominal species is a complex of unnamed lineages. See taxonomic comments under Centrolene altitudinalis, Centrolene venezuelensis, Centrolene hesperia, and Centrolene lemniscataCruz-Rodríguez, Lynch, Cárdenas, and Caicedo-Portilla, 2021, Zootaxa, 4965: 263, pictured the holotype of Centrolenella johnelsi in the MLS.   

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