Pristimantis briceni (Boulenger, 1903)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Brachycephaloidea > Family: Craugastoridae > Subfamily: Ceuthomantinae > Genus: Pristimantis > Species: Pristimantis briceni

Hylodes Briceni Boulenger, 1903, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 11: 481. Syntypes: "several specimens . . . hoped will be acquired by the British Museum"; BMNH, NHMW 22871 (3 specimens) (according to Häupl, Tiedemann, and Grillitsch, 1994, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 9: 25, who considered the status of these specimens to be unclear), UMMZ 46471 and 51262 (according to Peters, 1952, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 539: 17, although Kluge, 1983, Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 166: 49, doubted that 51262 was a syntype), MCZ 3888 and 7601. (The status of all but the BMNH material is suspect—DRF.) Type locality: "Merida, Venezuela, at an altitude of 1600 metres".

Eleutherodactylus briceniStejneger, 1904, Annu. Rep. U.S. Natl. Mus. for 1902: 582-583, by implication; Barbour and Loveridge, 1929, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 69: 257.

Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) briceniLynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 221.

Pristimantis briceniHeinicke, Duellman, and Hedges, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., 104: Table 2.

Mucubatrachus briceniLa Marca, 2007 "2006", Herpetotropicos, Mérida, 3: 68.

Pristimantis (Pristimantis) briceniHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 118.

English Names

Merida Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 73).


Mérida Andes in the vicinity of Mérida, Venezuela, 1600–3300 m elevation.


Discussed (as Eleutherodactylus briceni) by Rivero, 1984 "1982", Mem. Soc. Cienc. Nat. La Salle, 42: 91. In the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) conspicillatus series, not assignable to species group according to Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 221. See comment under Pristimantis pedimontanus. In the subgenus Pristimantis, but unnassigned to species group by Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 118. and Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 127. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Eleutherodactylus briceni) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 324.

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