Allobates peruvianus (Melin, 1941)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Aromobatidae > Subfamily: Allobatinae > Genus: Allobates > Species: Allobates peruvianus

Phyllobates peruvianus Melin, 1941, Göteborgs K. Vetensk. Vitterh. Samh. Handl., Ser. B, 1: 61. Holotype: NHMG 510, according to XXX. Type locality: "Roque, [Departamento San Martín,] Perú".

Colostethus peruvianusEdwards, 1971, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 84: 148.

Hyloxalus peruvianusGrant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299: 169.

Allobates peruvianus —  Santos, Coloma, Summers, Caldwell, Ree, and Cannatella, 2009, PLoS Biol., 7(3)e56: 45 (of supplemental text, see comment). Incorrectly referred to as Allobates peruensis, confusing the discussion but this is the name presumably intended. 

English Names

Peru Rocket Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 49).


Lower Amazonian slopes of the Andes in Peru, 400-1500 m; possibly in adjacent Brazil, Ecuador, and Bolivia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Peru

Likely/Controversially Present: Bolivia, Brazil

Endemic: Peru


Morales, 1994, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 8: 100, provided an account. De la Riva, Köhler, Lötters, and Reichle, 2000, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 14: 57, and Köhler, 2000, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 48: 69, considered this species possibly to occur in Bolivia. Rivero and Almendáriz C., 1992 "1991", Rev. Politécnica, Quito, 16: 114, thought this species might extend into Ecuador. See Grant, Rada, Anganoy-Criollo, Batista, Dias, Jeckel, Machado, and Rueda-Almonacid, 2017, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 12 (Special Issue): 60, commented on the nomenclatural confusion between Phyllobates peruensis Steindachner, and Phyllobates peruvianus Melin caused by Santos, Coloma, Summers, Caldwell, Ree, and Cannatella, 2009, PLoS Biol., 7(3)e56: 1–14 (supplemental text at 

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