Hyloxalus bocagei Jiménez de la Espada, 1870

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Dendrobatoidea > Family: Dendrobatidae > Subfamily: Hyloxalinae > Genus: Hyloxalus > Species: Hyloxalus bocagei

Hyloxalus Bocagei Jiménez de la Espada, 1870, J. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat., Lisboa, 3: 59. Syntypes: Not stated; MNCN 1583–84 are syntypes and MNCN 1583 designated lectotype by Coloma, 1995, Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 87: 21. Type locality: "in Ecuador; ad sylvas pagi S. Jose de Moti", Cantón de Quijos, Napo Province, Ecuador. Páez-Vacas, Coloma, and Santos, 2010, Zootaxa, 2711: 26, noted that the original type locality cannot be located and other aspects render this locality ambiguous.

Hylixalus bocagiiBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 138. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Hyloxalus bocagiiAndersson, 1945, Ark. Zool., 37A(2): 17.

Prostherapis bocagii —Dunn In Savage, 1968, Copeia, 1968: 6, by implication.

Colostethus bocageiEdwards, 1971, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 84: 148.

Hyloxalus bocageiGrant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299: 168.

English Names

Bocage's Rocket Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 48).


Elevations of 1420–1740 m on the northeastern side of the Andes in the provinces of Sucumbíos, Caquetá, and Napo, Ecuador; also from Florencia on the eastern slope of the eastern Andes of Caquetá, Colombia, at 980 m. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Ecuador


See account by Coloma, 1995, Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 87: 21. Páez-Vacas, Coloma, and Santos, 2010, Zootaxa, 2711: 1–75, considered this species to be part of the Hyloxalus bocagei complex and (p. 11–27) provided an account. Sánchez, 2013, Zootaxa, 3637: 586, reported the species from Florencia municipality, Caquetá, Colombia. 

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