Allobates talamancae (Cope, 1875)

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

Dendrobates talamancae Cope, 1875 "1876", J. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, Ser. 2, 8: 102. Type(s): ANSP or USNM; lost, according to Dunn, 1931, Occas. Pap. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist., 5: 390. Type locality: "near Old Harbour [=Puerto Viejo], on the East coast, [Cantón de Limón, Provincia Limón,]" Costa Rica.

Hylaplesia talamancaeBrocchi, 1882, Miss. Scient. Mex. Amer. Centr., Rech. Zool., 3(2, livr. 2): 88–89.

Dendrobates talamancaeWerner, 1901, Verh. Zool. Bot. Ges. Wien, 51: 630.

Phyllobates talamancaeBarbour and Dunn, 1921, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 34: 159.

Colostethus talamancaeSavage, 1968, Copeia, 1968: 758; Silverstone, 1975, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 21: 11.

Allobates talamancaeGrant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299: 162.

English Names

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


Extreme southern Nicaragua and Costa Rica through Panama and northwestern and western Colombia (southern Córdoba south along the Pacific plain) to northwestern Ecuador (Esmeraldas and Pichincha provinces), 0–970 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

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


Not assigned to species group by Rivero, 1990 "1988", Mem. Soc. Cienc. Nat. La Salle, 48: 3–32. See accounts by Savage, 1968, Copeia, 1968: 758–759, Coloma, 1995, Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 87: 51, and Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 381–382 (who provided data on larval morphology and advertisement call). Lips and Savage, 1996, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 109: 17–26, included this species (as Colostethus talamancae) in a key to the tadpoles found in Costa Rica. See comments by Sunyer, Páiz, Dehling, and Köhler, 2009, Herpetol. Notes, 2: 189–202, regarding Nicaraguan populations. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 129, provided a comparison with other dendrobatids in Central America and provided a maps and photographs. Pinto-Erazo, Calderón-Espinosa, Medina-Rangel, and Méndez-Galeano, 2020, Biota Colomb., 21: 44–57, provided records from Tumaco and Francisco Pizarro municipalities, Nariño, Colombia. Romero-Martínez, Vidal-Pastrana, Lynch, and Dueñas, 2008, Caldasia, 30: 209–229, discussed the population on Cerro Murrucucú, Córdoba, Colombia. Martínez-Fonseca, Holmes, Sunyer, Westeen, Grundler, Cerda, Fernández-Mena, Loza-Molina, Monagan, Nondorf, Pandelis, and Rabosky, 2024, Check List, 20: 62, provided a record from Refugio Bartola, Departamento Río San Juan, Nicaragua, 60 m elevation. 

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