Epipedobates boulengeri (Barbour, 1909)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Dendrobatidae > Subfamily: Colostethinae > Genus: Epipedobates > Species: Epipedobates boulengeri

Prostherapis femoralis Barbour, 1905, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 46: 101. Syntypes: MCZ 2422, by original designation (originally 22 specimens, some of which sent to other museums), USNM 52406 and 118232–33 (according to Cochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 71), BMNH 1947.2.13.92–93 (formerly 1912.9.4.5–6), UMMZ 48070; BMNH 1947.2.13.93 designated lectotype by Silverstone, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 27: 29. Type locality: "Gorgona Island", Departamento Nariño, Colombia. Junior homonym of Prostherapis femoralis Boulenger, 1884 "1883".

Prostherapis boulengeri Barbour, 1909, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 22: 87. Replacement name for Prostherapis femoralis Barbour, 1905.

Phyllobates boulengeriBarbour and Noble, 1920, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 63: 402. Parker, 1926, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 9, 17: 553; Silverstone, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 27: 5.

Colostethus boulengeriSavage, 1968, Copeia, 1968: 757.

Dendrobates boulengeriMyers, Daly, and Malkin, 1978, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 161: 332.

Epipedobates boulengeriMyers, 1987, Pap. Avulsos Zool., São Paulo, 36: 303.

Ameerega boulengeriFrost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 130, by implication.

English Names

Marbled Poison Frog (Walls, 1994, Jewels of the Rainforest: 25; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 50).

Marbled Poison-arrow Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 49).


Dense, wet forests of Gorgona I. and the wet southern Chocoan region from the lower San Juan drainage of western Colombia south to northwestern Ecuador.


Lötters, Reichle, and Jungfer, 2003, J. Nat. Hist., London, 37: 1899–1911, suggested on the basis of call evidence that this name covers at least two species. Lötters, Jungfer, Henkel, and Schmidt, 2007, Poison Frogs: 404–408, provided an account and suggested that nominal Epipedobates boulengeri may be a complex of species. This was discussed by Tarvin, Powell, Santos, Ron, and Cannatella, 2017, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 109: 283–295, who reported on substantial data discordance among populations. Anganoy-Criollo and Cepeda-Quilindo, 2017, Phyllomedusa, 16: 155–182, redescribed the larva. 

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