Gastrotheca ovifera (Lichtenstein and Weinland, 1854)

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

Notodelphys ovifera Lichtenstein and Weinland, 1854, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1854: 373. Holotype: ZMB by original designation; given as ZMB 3073 by Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 18. Type locality: "Venezuela"; restricted to "Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela" by Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 18, who subsequently (Duellman, 2015, Marsupial Frogs: 209) considered this locality as the likely shipping point, not within the range. Also named as new by Weinland, 1854, Arch. Anat. Physiol. Wiss. Med., 1854: 473.

Notodelphis dorsigera Schlegel, 1858, Handl. Dierkd., 2: 59. Holotype: Not stated, but presumably in RMNH. Type locality: "Venezuela". Synonymy by Nieden, 1923, Das Tierreich, 46: 223.

Opisthodelphys oviferaGünther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 117.

Nototrema oviferumBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 418.

Hyla vogli Müller, 1938, Zool. Anz., 121: 284. Holotype: ZSM 67/1937, according to Glaw and Franzen, 2006, Spixiana, München, 29: 170. Type locality: "Avila (Hazienda 'Los Venados')", mountains near Maracay, Venezuela. Synonymy by Rivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 143.

Gastrotheca oviferaRivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 143.

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

English Names

Pouched Frog (Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 143; Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 52).

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


Cloud forests of the Cordillera de la Costa and Sierra de Aroa, northern Venezuela (states of Aragua, Cojedes, Miranda, Distrito Federal, Carabobo, and Yaracuy), 890–2060 m elevation; possibly extending into Península de Paria.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Venezuela

Endemic: Venezuela


In the Gastrotheca ovifera group of Duellman, Maxson, and Jesiolowski, 1988, Copeia, 1988: 527-543. See Manzanilla and Sánchez, 2003, Herpetol. Rev., 34: 381, for a recent range extension. 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. Valera-Leal, Manzanilla, Acevedo-Rincón, Pérez-Sánchez, and Vega, 2011, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 59: 329–345, documented disappearances for historical localities in the Cordillera de la Costa, northern Venezuela. 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: 206–210. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 55, for comments on range and literature.

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