Gastrotheca orophylax Duellman and Pyles, 1980

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

Gastrotheca orophylax Duellman and Pyles, 1980, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 84: 5. Holotype: KU 164243, by original designation. Type locality: "11 km (by road) east-south-east of Papallacta, 2660 m, Provincia Napo, Ecuador".

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

Gastrotheca (Duellmania) orophylax — Duellman, 2015, Marsupial Frogs: 256.

English Names

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


Upper Amazonian slopes of eastern Andes in Ecuador (Sucumbio, Imbabura, and Carchi provinces) and eastern slope of the Nudo de Pasto in Colombia (Nariño and Putumayo departments), 2600–3100 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Ecuador


In the Gastrotheca plumbea group of Duellman, Maxson, and Jesiolowski, 1988, Copeia, 1988: 527-543. See account by Duellman and Hillis, 1987, Herpetologica, 43: 159. 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: 397. 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: 256–260.

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