Bolitoglossa chica Brame and Wake, 1963

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Bolitoglossa > Species: Bolitoglossa chica

Bolitoglossa chica Brame and Wake, 1963, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 69: 16. Holotype: James A. Peters 4366, by original designation, now presumably in USNM). Type locality: "grounds of the Hotel Zaracay, 2 km. E of Santo Domingo, 670 meters (2200 feet), Provincia de Pichincha, Ecuador".

Bolitoglossa (Eladinea) chicaParra-Olea, García-París, and Wake, 2004, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 81: 336.

English Names

Hotel Zaracay Salamander (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 29).

Distribution

Known only from the type locality, vicinity of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, and from the lower part of the Río Bolaniguas, a southern effluent of Río Guaillabamba in the Río Esmeraldas system (250-400 m alt.), Provincia de Pichincha, Ecuador; also reported from the Reserva Natural La Planada, 1650 m elevation, Nariño, Colombia, in the southwestern part of the western Andes.

Comment

In the Bolitoglossa (Eladinea) adspersa group of Parra-Olea, García-París, and Wake, 2004, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 81: 336; formerly in the Bolitoglossa sima group of Wake and Lynch, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 25: 1-65. Crump, 1978 "1977", Herpetologica, 33: 415-426, discussed diagnostic features and habitat preference. Schargel and Rivas-Fuenmayor, 2003, Herpetozoa, Wien, 16: 94-96, reported the Colombia record. 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: 556. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 341, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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