Centrolene heloderma (Duellman, 1981)

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

Centrolenella heloderma Duellman, 1981, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 88: 4. Holotype: KU 164715, by original designation. Type locality: "Quebrada Zapadores, 5 km east-southeast of Chiriboga, 2010 m, Provincia de Pichincha, Ecuador (00° 17′ S, 78° 47′ W)".

Centrolene helodermumRuiz-Carranza and Lynch, 1991, Lozania, 57: 19. Unjustified treatment of the species name (a noun) as an adjective.

Centrolene helodermatumDuellman, 1993, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 21: 35. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

English Names

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

Bumpy Glassfrog (Arteaga-Navarro, Bustamante, and Guayasamin, 2013, Amph. Rept. Mindo: 40). 


Cloud forest on the Pacific slopes of the western Andes in Pichincha Province, Ecuador, and on the western slope of the Cordillera Occidental (departments of Cauca, Valle de Cauca, and Risaralda) of Colombia, 1960 to 2400 m elevation; also reported from the Rio Alambi, Pichincha Province, Ecuador, 2390 m elevation. 


In the Centrolene prosoblepon group, according to Ruiz-Carranza and Lynch, 1991, Lozania, 57: 1-30. Cisneros-Heredia and McDiarmid, 2007, Zootaxa, 1572: 52, discussed the species in Ecuador and provided access to the relevant literature. 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: 209. Catenazzi, von May, Gagliardi-Urrutia, Lehr, and Guayasamin, 2012, Zootaxa, 3388: 64, confirmed the placement of this species in CentroleneArteaga-Navarro, Bustamante, and Guayasamin, 2013, Amph. Rept. Mindo: 40–42, provided an account and map for Ecuador and noted severe population crashes. Krynak, Wessels, Imba, and Lyons, 2018, Check List, 14: 261–265, provided a new record from Pichincha Province, Ecuador, and discussed apparently extinct populations and current threats. 

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