Telmatobius brachydactylus (Peters, 1873)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Telmatobiidae > Genus: Telmatobius > Species: Telmatobius brachydactylus

Batrachophrynus brachydactylus Peters, 1873, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1873: 413. Syntypes: ZMB 7703 (2 specimens), 7704 (8 specimens), 7705 (3 specimens), AMNH 23566 (according to Bauer, Günther, and Klipfel, 1995, in Bauer et al. (eds.), Herpetol. Contr. W.C.H. Peters: 45); sole male in lot ZMB 7703 designated lectotype by Laurent, 1983, Acta Zool. Lilloana, 37: 111. Type locality: "ebenfalls aus den Hochgebirgen Peru’s, von derselben Localität".

Lynchophrys brachydactylaLaurent, 1983, Acta Zool. Lilloana, 37: 111.

Batrachophrynus brachydactylusSinsch and Juraske, 1995, Alytes, 13: 52-66.

Telmatobius brachydactylusAguilar and Valencia, 2009, Rev. Peruana Biol., 16: 46, by implication.

English Names

Amable Maria Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 82).


Tributaries of Lake Junin, and highlands and neighboring cordilleras of the departments of Junin and Pasco, Peru, 4000-6000 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Peru

Endemic: Peru


 Sinsch, 1986, Bol. Lima, 8 (45): 23–33, characterized adults and larvae. See discussion by Lehr, 2005, in Lavilla and De la Riva (eds.), Monogr. Herpetol., 7: 39-64 (43). Aguilar and Pacheco, 2005, in Lavilla and De la Riva (eds.), Monogr. Herpetol., 7: 234, suggested on the basis of larval morphology that this species should be in Telmatobius, although they did not make the nomenclatural change from Batrachophrynus. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Batrachophrynus brachydactylus) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 296. In the Telmatobius macrostomus group of Barrionuevo, 2017, Cladistics, 33: 41–68. Castillo R. and Aguilar, 2019, Rev. Peruana Biol., 26: 469–474, described larval morphology. 

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