Gastrotheca espeletia Duellman and Hillis, 1987

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hemiphractidae > Genus: Gastrotheca > Species: Gastrotheca espeletia

Gastrotheca espeletia Duellman and Hillis, 1987, Herpetologica, 43: 152. Holotype: KU 169401, by original designation. Type locality: "north shore of Lago de la Cocha, 2790 m (01° 08′ N, 77° 07′ W), Departamento Nariño, Colombia".

Gastrotheca (Duellmania) espeletia — Duellman, 2015, Marsupial Frogs: 234.

English Names

North Shore Marsupial Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 53).


Elevations of 2530–3400 m in the southern part of the Cordillera Central in Colombia (Nariño Department) and the Nudo de Pasto in southern Colombia and northern Ecuador (Carchi Province).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Ecuador


In the Gastrotheca plumbea group according to the original publication. Restrepo-Toro, 2004, in Rueda-Almonacid et al. (eds.), Libro Rojo Anf. Colombia: 273-277, provided an account and map. Almendáriz C. and Orcés, 2004, Rev. Politécnica, Quito, 25: 113-114, provided distributional data for Ecuador. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 395. In the Gastrotheca marsupiata group of Castroviejo-Fisher, Padial, De la Riva, Pombal, Silva, Rojas-Runjaic, Medina-Méndez, and Frost, 2015, Zootaxa, 4004: 1–72. See detailed account by Duellman, 2015, Marsupial Frogs: 234–237.

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