Hyloxalus vergeli Hellmich, 1940

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

Hyloxalus vergeli Hellmich, 1940, Zool. Anz., 131: 122. Holotype: ZSM 110/1937 according to Glaw and Franzen, 2006, Spixiana, München, 29: 165. Type locality: "Finca El Vergel, nahe Fusagasugá, Ostkordillere Kolumbiens, rund 1800 m", Departamento Cundinamarca, Colombia.

Phyllobates vergeliCochran, 1966, Mem. Inst. Butantan, São Paulo, 33: 64.

Prostherapis vergeli —Dunn In Savage, 1968, Copeia, 1968: 6, by implication; Gorham, 1963, Canad. Field Nat., 77: 25.

Colostethus vergeliEdwards, 1971, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 84: 148. Rivero and Serna, 1989 "1988", Caribb. J. Sci., 24: 141.

Hyloxalus vergeliGrant, Frost, Caldwell, Gagliardo, Haddad, Kok, Means, Noonan, Schargel, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 299: 169.

English Names

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


Interandean valleys on either side of the upper and middle valley of the Río Magdalena on the western slope of the Cordillera Oriental and the eastern slop of the Cordillera Central in the departments of Cundinamarca, Boyaca, Huila, and Tolima, between 520 and 2100 m elevation. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia

Endemic: Colombia


See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Colostethus vergeli) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 226. Ovalle-Pacheco, Camacho-Rozo, and Arroyo, 2019, Check List, 15: 395, reported the species from Boyacá, Colombia, and commented on the range in Colombia. Mendoza-Henao, Acevedo-Charry, and Galeano, 2022, Zootaxa, 5141: 394–400, reported on the advertisement call from the Magdalena Valley of Colombia. 

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