Centrolene geckoidea Jiménez de la Espada, 1872

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

Centrolene geckoideum Jiménez de la Espada, 1872, An. Soc. Esp. Hist. Nat., 1: 88. Type(s): Formerly in MNCN, now lost, according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 184; not lost according to González-Fernández, García-Díez, and San Segundo, 2009, Spixiana, München, 32: 269, who noted the registration number as MNCN 1596. Type locality: "las riberas del rio Napo en el Ecuador" (possibly in error; see comment).

Centrolene geckoidea — Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 19. 

English Names

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

Gecko Glassfrog (Guayasamin, Cisneros-Heredia, McDiarmid, Peña, and Hutter, 2020, Diversity, 12 (222): 39). 


Across the three Andean Cordilleras of Colombia (Cordillera Occidental, Central, and Oriental; in the departments of Antioquia, Valle del Cauca, Caldas, Quindio, Risaralda, Tolima, Boyacá, and Caquetá), south to the Pacific Andean slope of Ecuador (Carchi and Pichincha provinces) at elevations of 1750–2525 m.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Ecuador


For discussion see Goin, 1964, Herpetologica, 20: 1–8, Lynch, Ruiz-Carranza, and Rueda-Almonacid, 1983, Stud. Neotrop. Fauna Environ., 18: 239–243; Ruiz-Carranza, Hernández-Camacho, and Ardila-Robayo, 1986, Caldasia, 15: 435. In spite of the Amazonian type locality, the species is known only from the Pacific slopes of the Andes. In the Centrolene geckoideum group according to Ruiz-Carranza and Lynch, 1991, Lozania, 57: 1–30. Rueda-Almonacid, 1994, Trianea, 5: 133–187, provided an extensive account. Lynch and Renjifo, 2001, Guia Anf. Rept. Bogota: 40, presented a brief account and photograph. González-Fernández, 2006, Graellsia, 62: 129, suggested that the type locality is in error. Cisneros-Heredia and McDiarmid, 2007, Zootaxa, 1572: 52, discussed the species, noted the relevant literature, and disputed the assumption that the type locality is in error. 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: 209. See detailed account by Guayasamin, Cisneros-Heredia, McDiarmid, Peña, and Hutter, 2020, Diversity, 12 (222): 39–43, provided a detailed account, including adult and larval morphology, advertisement call, relationships, natural history, and conservation status. See comment under Centrolene paezorum

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