Gastrotheca helenae Dunn, 1944

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

Gastrotheca helenae Dunn, 1944, Caldasia, 2: 404. Holotype: MLS 268, by original designation. Type locality: "Páramo de Tamá, [Departamento] Norte de Santander, Colombia. This mountain reaches an elevation of 3400 meters, and is south of Cúcuta and close to the Venezuelan border. Lower limit of 'páramo' zone is about 3000 meters".

Gastrotheca (Opisthodelphys) helenaeDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 31.

Gastrotheca (Amphignathodon) helenae — Duellman, 2015, Marsupial Frogs: 178. Attributed in error to Dubois, 1987 "1986". 

Amphignathodon helenae — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 431.

English Names

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


Cerro Tamá, Colombia (Norte de Santander) and Venezuela (Apure and Táchira), 2300–3250 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Venezuela


In the Gastrotheca ovifera group of Duellman, Maxson, and Jesiolowski, 1988, Copeia, 1988: 527-543. In the Gastrotheca longipes group of Castroviejo-Fisher, Padial, De la Riva, Pombal, Silva, Rojas-Runjaic, Medina-Méndez, and Frost, 2015, Zootaxa, 4004: 1–72. See account by Duellman, 2015, Marsupial Frogs: 178–182. See account and dot map provided by Acevedo-Rincón, Armesto Sanguino, Franco-Pallares, Silva, and Gallardo, 2014, Catal. Anf. Rept. Colombia, Medellín, 2: 11–15. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 55, for comments on range and literature. Cruz-Rodríguez, Lynch, Cárdenas, and Caicedo-Portilla, 2021, Zootaxa, 4965: 265, pictured the holotype in the MLS.

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