Telmatobius oxycephalus Vellard, 1946

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

Telmatobius oxycephalus Vellard, 1946, Acta Zool. Lilloana, 3: 320. Holotype: FML 00225, by original designation. Type locality: "Cerro de Escalera, province de Salta, à 3. 800 m".

Telmatobius barrioi Laurent, 1970 "1969", Acta Zool. Lilloana, 25: 210. Holotype: FML 01369, by original designation. Type locality: "Sierra de Calilegua, cerca del monumento de la ruta de Calilegua a Valle Grande, Prov. de Salta", Argentina. Synonymy by Laurent and Teran, 1981, Fund. Miguel Lillo, Misc., 71: 201. See comment by Lavilla and Barrionuevo, 2005, in Lavilla and De la Riva (eds.), Monogr. Herpetol., 7: 129.

Telmatobius oxycephalus barrioiHarding, 1983, Cat. New World Amph.: 192. 

Telmatobius oxycephalus oxycephalus — Harding, 1983, Cat. New World Amph.: 192, by implication. 

English Names

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


Montane forest in the provinces of Jujuy and Salta, northern Argentina, 1400-2650 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Argentina

Endemic: Argentina


See accounts (as Telmatobius barrioi and Telmatobius oxycephalus) by Cei, 1980, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Monogr., 2: 264-267. 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. See account by Lavilla and Barrionuevo, 2005, in Lavilla and De la Riva (eds.), Monogr. Herpetol., 7: 127-129. 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. Brunetti, Muñoz-Saravia, Barrionuevo, and Reichle, 2017, Canad. J. Zool., 95: 335–343, reported on underwater vocalization. In the Telmatobius bolivianus group of Barrionuevo, 2017, Cladistics, 33: 41–68.  

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