Centrolene buckleyi (Boulenger, 1882)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Centrolenidae > Subfamily: Centroleninae > Genus: Centrolene > Species: Centrolene buckleyi

Hylella buckleyi Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 420. Syntypes: BMNH (Intac), (Pallatanga) according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 187; see comment. Type locality: "Intac" and "Paitanga" (= Pallatanga), Ecuador.

Centrolenella buckleyiNoble, 1920, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 42: 442.

Hyla purpurea Nieden, 1923, Das Tierreich, 46: 267. Replacement name for Hylella buckleyi Boulenger, 1882.

Cochranella buckleyiTaylor, 1951, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 64: 35. Rivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 151.

Centrolenella buckleyiGoin, 1964, Herpetologica, 20: 6.

Centrolenella buckleyi buckleyiRivero, 1968, Mem. Soc. Cienc. Nat. La Salle, 28: 323, by implication.

Centrolenella johnelsi Cochran and Goin, 1970, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 288: 515. Holotype: MLS 432, by original designation. Type locality: "San Pedro, north of Medellín, [Departamento] Antioquia, Colombia". Synonymy by Ruiz-Carranza and Lynch, 1991, Lozania, 57: 8-9.

Centrolene buckleyiRuiz-Carranza and Lynch, 1991, Lozania, 57: 19.

Centrolenella bruckleyiAyarzagüena, 1992, Publ. Asoc. Amigos Doñana, 1: xx. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

English Names

Buckley's Giant Glass Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 46).


Andes of northern and northeastern Colombia through Ecuador to Huancabamba and Piura departments of northern Peru, 2100-3300 m elevation.


Goin, 1961, Zool. Anz., 166: 101, noted that the Pallatanga type specimen had distintegrated and the Intac type specimen could not be found. In the Centrolene prosoblepon group, according to Ruiz-Carranza and Lynch, 1991, Lozania, 57: 1-30. Lynch and Renjifo, 2001, Guia Anf. Rept. Bogota: 39, presented a brief account and photograph. Almendáriz C. and Orcés, 2004, Politécnica, Quito, 25: 108-109, provided distributional data for Ecuador. Guayasamin, Bustamante, Almeida-Reinoso, and Funk, 2006, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 147: 497-500, provided an account. Cisneros-Heredia and McDiarmid, 2007, Zootaxa, 1572: 48, summarized the relevant literature and noted that the relationship with Centrolene venezuelense is unclear. See comment under Centrolene venezuelense. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 612. See note by Guayasamin and Funk, 2009, Zootaxa, 2220: 41-66, on this species at the Yanayacu Biological Station, Napo, Ecuador; these authors suggested that nominal Centrolene buckleyi may represent a species complex.

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