Silverstoneia nubicola (Dunn, 1924)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Dendrobatidae > Subfamily: Colostethinae > Genus: Silverstoneia > Species: Silverstoneia nubicola

Phyllobates nubicola Dunn, 1924, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 151: 7. Holotype: UMMZ 58292, by original designation and according to Peters, 1952, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 539: 19. Type locality: "rain forest above Boquete on the trail to Chiriquí Grande, 4500 feet [1372 m]", Provincia Chiriquí, Panama.

Phyllobates nubicola nubicolaDunn, 1933, Occas. Pap. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist., 8: 70.

Colostethus nubicolaSavage, 1968, Copeia, 1968: 755.

Silverstoneia nubicolaGrant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299: 167.

English Names

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


Humid premontane forests in southwestern Costa Rica through Panama to western Colombia (Chocó), 200–1600 m.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama


Discussed by Savage, 1968, Copeia, 1968: 755–757, and Ibáñez D. and Smith, 1995, Copeia, 1995: 446–456. Lips and Savage, 1996, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 109: 17–26, included this species (as Colostethus nubicola) in a key to the tadpoles found in Costa Rica. See account by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 380–381. See comments on morphology and range by Grant and Myers, 2013, Am. Mus. Novit., 3784: 43–44. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 139, provided compared the species of Siverstoneia in Central America and provided a map and photograph of this species. Dias, Anganoy-Criollo, Rada, and Grant, 2021, J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res., 59: 691–717, reported on larval external, internal, and buccal anatomy.

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