Hyalinobatrachium chirripoi (Taylor, 1958)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Centrolenidae > Subfamily: Hyalinobatrachinae > Genus: Hyalinobatrachium > Species: Hyalinobatrachium chirripoi

Cochranella chirripoi Taylor, 1958, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 39: 59. Holotype: KU 36865, by original designation. Type locality: "Cocales Creek, Suretka, [Cantón de Talamanca,] Limón Province", Costa Rica. Savage, 1974, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 22: 86, commented on the type locality.

Centrolenella chirripoiSavage, 1967, Copeia, 1967: 325-331.

Hyalinobatrachium chirripoiRuiz-Carranza and Lynch, 1991, Lozania, 57: 24.

Hyalinobatrachium cardiacalyptum McCranie and Wilson, 1997, J. Herpetol., 31: 11. Holotype: USNM 342161, by original designation. Type locality: "Caño El Cajón (14° 21′ N, 85° 29′ W), at its junction with the Río Patuca, Departamento de Olancho, Honduras, elevation 200-225 m". Synonymy by Cisneros-Heredia and McDiarmid, 2007, Zootaxa, 1572: 1–82.

English Names

Suretka Glass Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 47).

Chirripó Glassfrog (Guayasamin, Cisneros-Heredia, McDiarmid, Peña, and Hutter, 2020, Diversity, 12 (222): 119). 


Low and moderate elevations (100–700 m) of the Atlantic versant in eastern Olancho and eastern Colón, Honduras and through Costa Rica south Panama to 3° 45′ N in western and central Colombia to extreme northwestern Ecuador (Esmeraldas), below 700 m elevation; expected in northeastern Nicaragua. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama

Likely/Controversially Present: Nicaragua


In the Hyalinobatrachium fleischmanni group, according to Ruiz-Carranza and Lynch, 1991, Lozania, 57: 1-30. See account by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 369–370. Kubicki, 2004, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 52: 215-218, reported on the rediscovery of this species in southeastern Costa Rica. See account (as Hyalinobatrachuim cardiacalyptum) by McCranie and Wilson, 2002, Amph. Honduras: 216–219, who noted its similarity to Hyalinobatrachium chirripoi. McCranie, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 38, summarized the departmental distribution of Hyalinobatrachium cardiacalyptum in Honduras. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status of nominal Hyalinobatrachium cardiacalyptum in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 218. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 613. Kubicki, 2007, Glass Frogs Costa Rica: 170-181, provided an account and detailed range map for Costa Rica. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 121–125, compared the species of Central America and provided an identification key, maps, and photographs. McCranie, Sunyer, and Martínez-Fonseca, 2019, Rev. Nicaraguense Biodiversidad, 52: 25, suggeste the species would be found in northeastern Nicaragua. Mendoza-Henao, Márquez, Molina-Zuluaga, Mejía-Vargas, and Palacios-Rodríguez, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (2: e196): 145–151, provided new records of the Chocó and Magdalena regions of Colombia. Guayasamin, Cisneros-Heredia, McDiarmid, Peña, and Hutter, 2020, Diversity, 12 (222): 119–122, provided a detailed account, including adult and larval morphology, advertisement call, relationships, natural history, and conservation status.

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