Synapturanus rabus Pyburn, 1977

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Otophryninae > Genus: Synapturanus > Species: Synapturanus rabus

Synapturanus rabus Pyburn, 1977 "1976", Herpetologica, 32: 367. Holotype: USNM 199674, by original designation. Type locality: "S side of the Vaupés River near the village of Yapima (long. 69° 28′ W, lat. 1° 03′ N), Colombia".

English Names

Vaupes Disc Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 93).


Southeastern Vaupés, Colombia; likely into adjacent Amazonas, Brazil. Records from Ecuador and northeastern Peru likely apply to one of several new species recently delimited. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia

Likely/Controversially Present: Brazil, Ecuador, Peru


Vriesendorp, 2008, Perú: Matsés (Field Mus. Rapid Biol. Invent.): 143, 151, reported this species from near Río Blanco, Loreto Province, Peru. López-Rojas and Cisneros-Heredia, 2012, Check List, 8: 274-275, provided a record for northeastern Peru and commented on the range. Metcalf, Marsh, Torres Pacaya, Graham, and Gunnels, 2020, Herpetol. Notes, 13: 753–767, reported the species from the Santa Cruz Forest Reserve, Loreto, northeastern Peru, although this record likely. See  Osorno-Muñoz, Gutiérrez-Lamus, Lynch, Keefe, Caicedo-Portilla, Chan, Tonini, and de Sá, 2023, Zootaxa, 5258: 151–196, for a revision and additional species previously confused with Synapturanurus rabus likely affecting the delimitation and distribution of this species. 

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