Aromobates meridensis (Dole and Durant, 1972)

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

Colostethus meridensis Dole and Durant, 1972, Caribb. J. Sci., 12: 191. Holotype: MBUCV 6168, by original designation. Noted as the specimen "D" in the jar of types by La Marca and Otero-López, 2012, Herpetotropicos, Mérida, 7: 55-74. Type locality: "'Chorotal', 15 km southeast of [La] Azulita, Mérida State, Venezuela", 1880 m elevation.

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

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

English Names

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


Southwestern Sierra de la Culata, Mérida, Venezuela, 1800 to 3300 m elevation.  

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Venezuela

Endemic: Venezuela


The allocation of this species to the "black chest-bar" group by Edwards, 1974, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 30: 2, was based on misidentified specimens of Mannophryne collaris (J.A. Rivero IN Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 92). 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 meridentis) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 235. La Marca and Otero-López, 2012, Herpetotropicos, Mérida, 7: 55-74, discussed the types. Barrio-Amorós, Romero, and Infante-Rivero, 2010, Rev. Ecol. Latinoam., 15: 1–12, redesdribed the species and summarized its natural history and conservation. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 42, for comments on range, taxonomy, and literature. 

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