Gastrotheca splendens (Schmidt, 1857)

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

Hyla splendens Schmidt, 1857, Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wien, Phys. Math. Naturwiss. Kl., 24: 11. Holotype: KM 1008/1340, according to Savage, 1970, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 38: 273-288 Type locality: "Chiriquiflusse unweit Bocca del toro", Panama; in error according to Savage and Heyer, 1969, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 16: 63, who suggested that the type may have come from Colombia, Peru, or Bolivia. De la Riva, Köhler, Lötters, and Reichle, 2000, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 14: 30, suggested that the type locality is in Bolivia inasmuch as this is the only known location for a specimen other than the holotype.

Gastrotheca splendensDuellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 651; Duellman and De la Riva, 1999, Copeia, 1999: 197.

Gastrotheca lauzuricae De la Riva, 1992, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 6: 18. Holotype: CET 501, by original designation. Type locality: "La Siberia, a 40 Km de Comarapa en dirección a Poho (17° 48′ S/64° 46′ O), provincia Carrasco, departamento de Cochabamba, 2800 m", Bolivia. Synonymy with Gastrotheca coeruleomaculata by Duellman, 2015, Marsupial Frogs: 298, with Gastrotheca splendens by Lansac, Aguayo-Vedia, and De la Riva, 2021, Zootaxa, 5068: 211.

Gastrotheca piperata Duellman and Köhler, 2005, J. Herpetol., 39: 92. Holotype: ZFMK 66838, by original designation. Type locality: "Sehuencas (17° 29′ S, 65° 17′ W, 2150 m a.s.l.), Provincia Carrasco, Departamento de Cochabamba, Bolivia". Synonymy by Lansac, Aguayo-Vedia, and De la Riva, 2021, Zootaxa, 5068: 211.

Gastrotheca (Gastrotheca) piperata — Duellman, 2015, Marsupial Frogs: 363.

Gastrotheca (Gastrotheca) splendens — Duellman, 2015, Marsupial Frogs: 384.

English Names

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

La Siberia Marsupial Frog (Gastrotheca lauzuricae [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 53).


Cloud forest on the eastern slopes of the Andes in in central to southeastern Department of Cochabamba to southwestern Department of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 1850 to 2800 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Bolivia

Endemic: Bolivia


See account by Duellman and De la Riva, 1999, Copeia, 1999: 197–199. Köhler, 2000, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 48: 93–94, provided brief comments on ecology and distribution. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Gastrotheca splendens and Gastrotheca lauzurica) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 399. 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 accounts (as Gastrotheca splendens and Gastrotheca lauzurica) by Duellman, 2015, Marsupial Frogs: 363–369, and 384–386. Lansac, Aguayo-Vedia, and De la Riva, 2021, Zootaxa, 5068: 211–239, examined the species of Gastrotheca from the Yungas of Bolivia, employing morphometrics and external morphology as well as cranial osteology, resulting in the synonymy of Gastrotheca piperata and Gastrotheca lauzurica

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