Anomaloglossus rufulus (Gorzula, 1990)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Aromobatidae > Subfamily: Anomaloglossinae > Genus: Anomaloglossus > Species: Anomaloglossus rufulus

Dendrobates rufulus Gorzula, 1990 "1988", Mem. Soc. Cienc. Nat. La Salle, 48: 144. Holotype: MHNLS 10361, by original designation. Type locality: "borde nor-oeste del Amuri-tepui en el Macizo del Chimantá (CHIMANTA XVIII), 05° 22′ —62° 05′ W. 2.600 m, Estado Bolívar, Venezuela".

Epipedobates rufulusWalls, 1994, Jewels of the Rainforest: 26, 241; Myers, 1997, Acta Terramaris, Caracas, 10: 3.

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

Anomaloglossus rufulusBarrio-Amorós and Santos, 2011, Salamandra, 47: 155.

English Names

Chimantá Poison Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 50).

Tepui Poison Frog (Walls, 1994, Jewels of the Rainforest: 26).


Chimantá Massif, Bolívar, Venezuela, 2100 to 2600 m elevation. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Venezuela

Endemic: Venezuela


Gorzula and Señaris, 1999 "1998", Scient. Guaianae, 8: 26, placed this species in the Dendrobates femoralis group of Silverstone, which is currently distributed among Ameerega and Allobates. See distributional comments by Gorzula and Señaris, 1999 "1998", Scient. Guaianae, 8: 26 (as Dendrobates rufulus). See account by Lötters, Jungfer, Henkel, and Schmidt, 2007, Poison Frogs: 312-313. Barrio-Amorós and Santos, 2009, Phyllomedusa, 8: 92, suggested that this species is not a member of Allobates, but did not suggest an alternative generic assignment. Barrio-Amorós and Santos, 2011, Salamandra, 47: 155-160, allocated the species to Anomaloglossus and rediagnosed the species based on additional material. Señaris, Lampo, Rojas-Runjaic, and Barrio-Amorós, 2014, Guía Ilust. Anf. Parque Nac. Canaima: 118–119, provided a photograph and a brief account for the Parque Nacional de Canaima, Venezuela. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 37–38, for comments on range, taxonomy, morphology, and vocalization. Señaris and Rojas-Runjaic, 2020, in Rull and Carnaval (eds.), Neotrop. Divers. Patterns Process.: 571–632, commented on range and conservation status in the Venezuelan Guayana.

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