Centrolene geckoideum Jiménez de la Espada, 1872

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

Centrolene geckoideum Jiménez de la Espada, 1872, An. Soc. Esp. Hist. Nat., 1: 88. Type(s): Formerly in MNCN, now lost, according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 184; not lost according to González-Fernández, García-Díez, and San Segundo, 2009, Spixiana, München, 32: 269, who noted the registration number as MNCN 1596. Type locality: "las riberas del rio Napo en el Ecuador" (possibly in error; see comment).

English Names

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


Pacific Andean cloud forest slopes of Ecuador; in Colombia in the western slope of the Cordillera Central (4° 30′—6° 20′ N), eastern slope of the Cordillera Oriental (1° 30′—5° 30′ N), and the Cordillera Occidental (4° 40′—6° 40′ N), 1750-2000 m elevation.


For discussion see Goin, 1964, Herpetologica, 20: 1-8, Lynch, Ruiz-Carranza, and Rueda-Almonacid, 1983, Stud. Neotrop. Fauna Environ., 18: 239-243; Ruiz-Carranza, Hernández-Camacho, and Ardila-Robayo, 1986, Caldasia, 15: 435. In spite of the Amazonian type locality, the species is known only from the Pacific slopes of the Andes. In the Centrolene geckoideum group according to Ruiz-Carranza and Lynch, 1991, Lozania, 57: 1-30. Rueda-Almonacid, 1994, Trianea, 5: 133-187, provided an extensive account. Lynch and Renjifo, 2001, Guia Anf. Rept. Bogota: 40, presented a brief account and photograph. Cisneros-Heredia and McDiarmid, 2007, Zootaxa, 1572: 52, discussed the species, noted the relevant literature, and disputed the assumption that the type locality is in error. 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.

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