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.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, 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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