Mannophryne herminae (Boettger, 1893)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Aromobatidae > Subfamily: Aromobatinae > Genus: Mannophryne > Species: Mannophryne herminae

Prostherapis herminae Boettger, 1893, Ber. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 1893: 37. Syntypes: SMF (5 specimens) in the original publication; SMF 7286 (formerly 1139.1a) invalidly considered "holotypus" by Mertens, 1967, Senckenb. Biol., 48(A): 43. Type locality: "Puerto Cabello[, Estado Carabobo,] in Venezuela".

Colostethus herminaeEdwards, 1971, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 84: 148; Edwards, 1974, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 30: 1-14; La Marca, 1992, Cuad. Geograf., Mérida, 9: 26.

Colostethus trinitatus herminaeRivero, 1984 "1982", Mem. Soc. Cienc. Nat. La Salle, 42: 14.

Mannophryne herminaeLa Marca, 1994, Publ. Asoc. Amigos Doñana, 4: 21.

English Names

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


North-central Venezuela from the central portion of the Cordillera de la Costa, 30–1610 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Venezuela

Endemic: Venezuela


Removed from synonymy of Colostethus trinitatus without discussion by Edwards, 1974, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 30: 1-14, where it had been placed by Boulenger, 1894, Zool. Rec., 30: 35, Barbour and Noble, 1920, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 63: 401, and Rivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 158. This arrangement has been followed by all subsequent authors except Rivero, 1984 "1982", Mem. Soc. Cienc. Nat. La Salle, 42: 14, who regarded it as a race of Colostethus trinitatus. See La Marca, 1992, Cuad. Geograf., Mérida, 9: 26, who recognized and diagnosed it. Manzanilla, Jowers, La Marca, and García-París, 2007, Herpetol. J., 17: 31-42, suggested that the populations from the north-central versant of the central Sierra de la Costa needed to be assessed with molecular data to determine if they were conspecific with nominal Mannophryne herminae. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 614. Sánchez, 2013, Zootaxa, 3637: 569–591, provided information on larval morphology. Rojas-Runjaic, Matta-Pereira, and La Marca, 2018, Zootaxa, 4461: 451–476, refined the range and provided the call to disinguish this species from Mannophryne molinai. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 44–46, for comments on range, taxonomy (including noting an unnamed cryptic species), and literature.

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