Gastrotheca plumbea (Boulenger, 1882)

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

Nototrema plumbeum Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 417. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.31.19 (formerly 1878.1.25.22) according to Condit, 1964, J. Ohio Herpetol. Soc., 4: 87; animal figured on pl. 28, fig. 1 of the original publication. Type locality: "Intac", Provincia Imbabura, Ecuador.

Gastrotheca plumbeamPeters, 1955, Rev. Ecuat. Entomol. Parsitol., 2: 346.

Gastrotheca (Opisthodelphys) plumbeaDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 32.

Gastrotheca (Duellmania) plumbea — Duellman, 2015, Marsupial Frogs: 260.

English Names

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

Plumbeous Marsupial Frog (Freile, Coloma, Terán-Valdez, Acosta-López, Tapia, and Pazmiño-Otamendi, 2020, Anfibios de Junín: 60).


Pacific slopes of Andes in northern (Carchi Province) to south-central (Azuay Province), Ecuador, 1300 to 3200 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ecuador

Endemic: 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. Almendáriz C. and Orcés, 2004, Rev. Politécnica, Quito, 25: 115, provided distributional data for Ecuador. 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. Arteaga-Navarro, Bustamante, and Guayasamin, 2013, Amph. Rept. Mindo: 102–104, provided an account and dot map. 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: 260–263. See Freile, Coloma, Terán-Valdez, Acosta-López, Tapia, and Pazmiño-Otamendi, 2020, Anfibios de Junín: 60–61, for brief account for Junín, Ecuador (identification, call, habitat, range and photograph).

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