Gastrotheca peruana (Boulenger, 1900)

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

Nototrema peruanum Boulenger, 1900, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 6: 181. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.22.42–46 (formerly 1900.6.20.46–50) according to Condit, 1964, J. Ohio Herpetol. Soc., 4: 87. Type locality: "Carao [= Caraz], 7000 feet altitude", Departamento Ancash, Peru.

Gastrotheca peruana peruanaVellard, 1957, Mem. Mus. Hist. Nat. Javier Prado, 5: 27.

Gastrotheca peruana junensis Vellard, 1957, Mem. Mus. Hist. Nat. Javier Prado, 5: 33. Holotype: MUSM 195. Morales, Carrillo, and Ortega, 1990, Publ. Mus. Hist. Nat. Univ. Nac. Mayor San Marcos, 33: 5, apparently regarded the holotype to be part of a syntypic series and designated MUSM 1595 (formerly 195) as lectotype. Type locality: "riachuelo arriba de la laguna de Punrun, 4,600 mts.", Departamento Pasco, Peru. Subspecies status rejected by Duellman and Fritts, 1972, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 9: 11.

Gastrotheca (Gastrotheca) peruanaDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 32; Duellman, 2015, Marsupial Frogs: 351. 

English Names

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


Andes and inter-Andean valleys of central Peru (Departments of Ancash, Lima, Pasco, and Junín), 2300–4600 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Peru

Endemic: Peru


 Sinsch, 1986, Bol. Lima, 8 (45): 23–33, characterized adults and larvae. In the Gastrotheca marsupiata group of Duellman, Maxson, and Jesiolowski, 1988, Copeia, 1988: 527–543. 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: 351–357, who suggested that molecular analysis would likely discern cryptic species. See comment under Gastrotheca dissimilis, which was recognized from within Gastrotheca peruana in 2019.  

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