Aromobates alboguttatus (Boulenger, 1903)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Aromobatidae > Subfamily: Aromobatinae > Genus: Aromobates > Species: Aromobates alboguttatus

Phyllobates alboguttatus Boulenger, 1903, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 11: 482. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.13.88 (originally 1903.4.28.23), according to museum records. Type locality: "Merida, [Estado Mérida,] Venezuela, at an altitude of 1600 metres".

Prostherapis alboguttatusRivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 163.

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

Colostethus inflexus Rivero, 1980 "1978", Mem. Soc. Cienc. Nat. La Salle, 38: 97. Holotype: UPRM 4696, by original designation. Type locality: "El Almogral, entre Boca del Monte y el cruce La Grita—Bailadores, Carr. de Pregonero, Edo. Táchira, Venezuela, 3075 m". Synonymy by Rivero, 1984 "1982", Mem. Soc. Cienc. Nat. La Salle, 42: 9-16. See comment.

Nephelobates alboguttatusLa Marca, 1994, Inst. Geograf. Fac. Cienc. Forestal., Univ. Los Andes, An. Invest., 1991: 40.

Nephelobates inflexusLa Marca, 1997, in La Marca (ed.), Vert. Actual. Fosil. Venezuela: 105. Elevation without comment.

Aromobates alboguttatusGrant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299: 160.

Aromobates inflexus — Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 40. 

English Names

Whitebelly Rocket Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 48).


Páramos and immediate subpáramos of the Mérida and Táchira Andes of Venezuela, 1600-3090 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Venezuela

Endemic: Venezuela


See account by Rivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 163-164. The published descriptions of specimens allocated to this name vary suspiciously; Edwards, 1974, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 30: 2, listed the species as webless and Rivero, 1978 "1976", Mem. Soc. Cienc. Nat. La Salle, 35: 327-344, considered the species to have a short basal web and lateral fringes. Barrio-Amorós, 2004, Rev. Ecol. Lat. Am., 9: 7, reported on distribution and relevant literature. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Nephelobates alboguttatus) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 234, in which they status that Colostethus inflexus Rivero may yet prove to be a distinct species. Barrio-Amorós and Santos, 2012, Zootaxa, 3422: 24, suggested that the type material of Colostethus inflexus requires additional examination prior to placing that taxon in the synonymy of Colostethus alboguttatusSánchez, 2013, Zootaxa, 3637: 569–591, provided information on larval morphology. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 39, for comments on range, likely extinction, taxonomy, and literature and recognition of Aromobates inflexus out of an abundance of caution. 

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