Pseudopaludicola pusilla (Ruthven, 1916)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Leptodactylidae > Subfamily: Leiuperinae > Genus: Pseudopaludicola > Species: Pseudopaludicola pusilla

Paludicola pusilla Ruthven, 1916, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 30: 1. Holotype: UMMZ 48305, by original designation and according to Peters, 1952, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 539: 19. Type locality: "Fundacion, [Sierra de Santa Marta,] Colombia".

Pleurodema pusillaRuthven, 1922, Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 8: 54.

Pseudopaludicola pusillaParker, 1927, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 9, 20: 455.

Paludicola exigua Rivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 86. Nomen nudum provided in synonymy of Paludicola pusilla Ruthven. Reported incorrectly as having been coined by Boettger, 1896, Ber. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 1896: liv. Based on specimens in SMF from "Inírida", Venezuela.

English Names

Colombian Swamp Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 84).


Lower and Middle Magdalena River valley and the Caribbean lowlands of northern Colombia and Maracaibo Basin in Venezuela.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Venezuela


In the Pseudopaludicola pusilla group of Lynch, 1989, Copeia, 1989: 577-588. Lynch, 1989, Copeia, 1989: 585, discussed previous misidentifications and corrected the range. See account by Rivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 87. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 101, for comments on range (with special reference to Venezuela) and literature.

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