Vol. 16 No. 2 (2021)

A new species of the genus Noblella (Amphibia: Strabomantidae) from Ecuador, with new information for Noblella worleyae

Carolina Reyes-Puig
Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ, Colegio de Ciencias Biológicas & Ambientales COCIBA & Instituto de Diversidad Biológica Tropical iBIOTROP, Museo de Zoología/ Laboratorio de Zoología Terrestre, Campus Cumbayá, Quito
Juan M. Guayasamin
Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ, Colegio de Ciencias Biológicas y Ambientales COCIBA, Instituto BIOSFERA, Campus Cumbayá, Quito
Claudia Koch
Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig ZFMK, Leibniz-Institut zur Analyse des Biodiversitätswandels, Bonn
David Brito-Zapata
Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ, Colegio de Ciencias Biológicas & Ambientales COCIBA & Instituto de Diversidad Biológica Tropical iBIOTROP, Museo de Zoología/ Laboratorio de Zoología Terrestre, Campus Cumbayá, Quito
Matthijs Hollanders
Southern Cross University, School of Environment, Science and Engineering, Lismore
Melissa Costales
University of New Brunswick, Department of Biology, Fredericton
Diego F. Cisneros-Heredia
Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ, Colegio de Ciencias Biológicas & Ambientales COCIBA & Instituto de Diversidad Biológica Tropical iBIOTROP, Museo de Zoología/ Laboratorio de Zoología Terrestre, Campus Cumbayá, Quito

Published 2021-09-17


  • Frog,
  • Los Cedros Biological Reserve,
  • endemism,
  • Imbabura,
  • Mindo,
  • Pichincha,
  • phylogeny
  • ...More

How to Cite

Reyes-Puig, C., Guayasamin, J. M., Koch, C., Brito-Zapata, D. ., Hollanders, M. ., Costales, M., & Cisneros-Heredia, D. F. . (2021). A new species of the genus Noblella (Amphibia: Strabomantidae) from Ecuador, with new information for Noblella worleyae. Acta Herpetologica, 16(2), 63–87. https://doi.org/10.36253/a_h-10742


We describe a new species of terrestrial-breeding frog of the genus Noblella from the northwestern slopes of the Andes of Ecuador, in the province of Pichincha, Ecuador, and report a new locality for the recently described N. worleyae. We include a detailed description of the osteology of both species and discuss their phylogenetic relationships. The new species is differentiated from other species of Noblella by having discs of fingers rounded, without papillae; distal phalanges only slightly T-shaped; toes slightly expanded and rounded distally, without papillae; dorsum uniform brown with irregular suprainguinal dark brown marks; venter yellowish cream, ventral surfaces of legs and thighs reddish to brownish cream; and dark brown throat. The new locality for N. worleyae is located in Los Cedros Reserve, an area highly threatened by mining. We highlight the importance of protecting endemic species of small vertebrates in northwestern Ecuador.


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