Telmatobius niger Barbour and Noble, 1920

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

Telmatobius niger Barbour and Noble, 1920, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 63: 413. Holotype: MCZ 3037, by original designation. Type locality: "Palmira desert, Ecuador"; corrected to vicinity of Palmira, Chimborazo Province [Ecuador] by Schmidt, 1954, Fieldiana, Zool., 34: 282.

Telmatobius cinereus Noble, 1921, Am. Mus. Novit., 29: 6. Holotype: AMNH 13968, by original designation. Type locality: "Bestion, Ecuador". At an elevation of 10,105 feet, according to Peters, 1955, Rev. Ecuat. Entomol. Parsitol., 2: 336. Synonymy by Trueb, 1979, Copeia, 1979: 714-733.

English Names

Black Water Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 85).


Both slopes of Ecuadorian Andes from the Cuenca Basin (Provincia Azuay) to Juan Benigno Vela, Tungurahua Province, 2496-4000 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ecuador

Endemic: Ecuador


See account by Trueb, 1979, Copeia, 1979: 714-733. See Merino-Viteri, Coloma, and Almendáriz C., 2005, in Lavilla and De la Riva (eds.), Monogr. Herpetol., 7: 9-37, for summary of biology and conservation and who reported that this species has not been collected since 1994. Almendáriz C. and Orcés, 2004, Rev. Politécnica, Quito, 25: 133-134, provided distributional data for Ecuador. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 416, who regarded the records from Imbabura Provice as based on misidentifications. Unassigned to species group by Barrionuevo, 2017, Cladistics, 33: 41–68.

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