Gastrotheca monticola Barbour and Noble, 1920

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

Gastrotheca monticola Barbour and Noble, 1920, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 63: 426. Holotype: MCZ 5290, by original designation. Type locality: "Huancabamba, [Departamento Piura,] northwestern Peru".

Gastrotheca marsupiata monticolaParker, 1932, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 9: 25.

Gastrotheca (Duellmania) monticolaDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 33; Duellman, 2015, Marsupial Frogs: 244.

English Names

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


Elevations of 1900–1960 m in the vicinity of the type locality in the valley of the Río Huancabamba, which flows southward into the Río Chamaya, a tributary of the Río Marañón; the species occurs at Ayabaca (2700 m) northwest of the type locality. Its range extends southeastward to several localities at elevations of 2360–3235 m in the northern part of the Cordillera Central in Departamento Amazonas, Peru. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Peru

Endemic: Peru


In the Gastrotheca plumbea group of Duellman, Maxson, and Jesiolowski, 1988, Copeia, 1988: 527-543. Almendáriz C. and Orcés, 2004, Rev. Politécnica, Quito, 25: 114-15, provided distributional data for Ecuador, but these records presumably apply to either Gastrotheca litonedis or Gastrotheca lojana by implication of the account of Duellman, Barley, and Venegas, 2014, Zootaxa, 3768: 164.  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: 244–248.

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