Telmatobius halli Noble, 1938

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

Telmatobius halli Noble, 1938, Am. Mus. Novit., 973: 1. Holotype: AMNH 44753, by original designation. Type locality: "Warm spring near Ollague, Chile, 10,000 ft. altitude". Type locality considered in error by Fibla, Salinas, Lobos, del Pozo D., Fabres, and Méndez, 2018, Zootaxa, 4527: 61–74, who suggested that the correct type locality is "near Collahuasi, about 50 km northwest of Ollagüe . . . [in] the area of the Copaquire ravine", Región de Tarapacá, Chile. Cuevas, Formas, Alvarado-Rybak, Peñafiel-Ricaurte, and Azat, 2020, Zootaxa, 4834: 195–206, also considered the stated type locality to be incorrect and suggested that it is actually "Aguas Calientes", near Ollague, Chile. Correa-Quezada, 2021, ZooKeys, 1060: 183–192, further discussed the erroneous type locality and suggested that "Miño, an abandoned mining camp located near the origin of the Loa River", 3870 m elevation, Antofagasta, Chile, is the type locality. See comment. 

Telmatobius halli halliCapurro-S., 1955, Invest. Zool. Chilen., 2: 150.

English Names

Hall's Water Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 84).


Known definitely only from the controversial type locality (Antofagasta, Chile). See comment. 


De la Riva, Köhler, Lötters, and Reichle, 2000, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 14: 58, and Köhler, 2000, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 48: 69, thought this species possibly to occur in Bolivia. Diaz and Valencia, 1985, Copeia, 1985: 175–181, described larval morphology (from a population from Vilama, Chile). Veloso, Sallaberry-Ayerza, Navarro, Iturra-Constant, Valencia, Penna, and Diaz, 1982, in Veloso and Bustos (eds.), El Ambiente Nat. y Los Pobl. Humanas de los Andes: 175–180, provided an account. Penna and Veloso, 1987, Herpetologica, 43: 208–216, discussed vocalization. Formas, Benavides, and Cuevas, 2003, Herpetologica, 59: 262–266, redescribed the holotype, rediagnosed the species and restricted the known distribution to the vicinity of the type locality. See discussion by Formas, Veloso, and Ortiz, 2005, in Lavilla and De la Riva (eds.), Monogr. Herpetol., 7: 103–114. See Lobos, Vidal-Maldonado, Correa-Quezada, Labra-Lillo, Díaz-Páez, Charrier, Rabanal, Díaz-Vidal, and Tala, 2013, Anf. Chile Conserv.: 1–104, for photograph, comments on conservation status, and range. Sáez, Fibla, Correa-Quezada, Sallaberry-Ayerza, Salinas, Veloso, Mella, Iturra-Constant, and Méndez, 2014, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 171: 769–782, reported this species from Chijlla, Choja, and Copaquire, Tarapacá, Chile, but these populations were subsequently reassigned to Telmatobius halli by Fibla, Salinas, Lobos, del Pozo D., Fabres, and Méndez, 2018, Zootaxa, 4527: 61–74, who discussed the itinerary of the original collectors, the likely type locality, the morphology, habitat, and taxonomic status of the species. Cuevas, Formas, Alvarado-Rybak, Peñafiel-Ricaurte, and Azat, 2020, Zootaxa, 4834: 195–206, reported on the rediscovery, tadpole morphology, adult morphology and conservation status. Correa-Quezada, 2021, ZooKeys, 1060: 183–192, discussed the type locality in detail and while the author suggested Mino, Chile, as the correct type locality, he also suggested that carefully sampling of Telmatobius frogs in that region will be necessary to confirm the type locality and resolve the ambiguity of the systematics of Telmatobius in that region. 

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