Chimerella mariaelenae (Cisneros-Heredia and McDiarmid, 2006)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Centrolenidae > Subfamily: Centroleninae > Genus: Chimerella > Species: Chimerella mariaelenae

Centrolene mariaelenae Cisneros-Heredia and McDiarmid, 2006, Zootaxa, 1244: 4. Holotype: DFCH-USFQ C125, by original designation. Type locality: "along a stream, tributary of the Jambue River, ca. 16 km S from Zamora, Podocarpus National Park (ca. 04° 15′ S, 78° 56′ W, 1820 m), on the western slope of Contrafuerte de Tzunantza, Cordilla Oriental, eastern slopes of the Andes, Provincia de Zamora-Chinchipe, Republic of Ecuador".

Chimerella mariaelenaeGuayasamin, Castroviejo-Fisher, Trueb, Ayarzagüena, Rada, and Vilà, 2009, Zootaxa, 2100: 31.

English Names

María Elena's Glassfrog (Guayasamin, Cisneros-Heredia, McDiarmid, Peña, and Hutter, 2020, Diversity, 12 (222): 73). 


Amazonian Andean slopes, 813-1820 m elevation, in the provinces of Napo, Morona Santiago, Orellana, Tungurahua, and Zamora Chinchipe, Ecuador, on to the Kampankis Mountains between the Santiago and Morona rivers of northwestern Peru, and possibly into adjacent southern Colombia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ecuador, Peru


In the Centrolene gorzulae group according to the original publication. Cisneros-Heredia and Guayasamin, 2007, Check List, 2(3): 93-95, a range extension and discussed the range. Cisneros-Heredia and Meza-Ramos, 2007, Zootaxa, 1485: 38, noted that the lack of apomorphies associating this species with Hyalinobatrachium did not imply that Cochranella is monophyletic and that further phylogenetic work should elucidate relationships and provide for a corresponding monophyletic taxonomy. Kok and Castroviejo-Fisher, 2008, Zootaxa, 1680: 27, transferred this species to the Centrolene gorzulae species group. Guayasamin, Castroviejo-Fisher, Trueb, Ayarzagüena, Rada, and Vilà, 2009, Zootaxa, 2100: 31, transferred the species to ChimerellaCisneros-Heredia, 2009, Check List, 5: 912-916, reported on an additional specimen and suggested that this species may be found in southern Colombia. Terán-Valdez and Guayasamin, 2014, CienciAmérica,  Quito, 3: 17–22, reported on larval morphology. Catenazzi and Venegas, 2012, in Pitman et al. (eds.), Rapid Biol. Social Invent. Rep. 24: 260, reported the species in Peru. Batallas-Revelo and Brito-M., 2016, Rev. Mexicana Biodiversidad, 87: 1292–1300, reported on vocalizations from Sangay National Park, southeastern Ecuador. Guayasamin, Cisneros-Heredia, McDiarmid, Peña, and Hutter, 2020, Diversity, 12 (222): 73–77, provided a detailed account, including adult and larval morphology, advertisement call, relationships, natural history, and conservation status.

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