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Pristimantis taeniatus Boulenger 1912

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Pristimantis taeniatus
Adult Male Pristimantis taeniatus

Common name

Banded Robber Frog


Very little is known about Pristimantis taeniatus.



Species description based on Boulenger's (1912) description printed in Cochran and Goin (1970). A small frog (to 27 mm).

Pristimantis taeniatus Adult 1 Pristimantis taeniatus Adult 2


Dorsal coloration is brown with two dark stripes on either side that extend from the eye to the groin, as well as a second, shorter dark stripe extending from the eye above the longer stripe. Individuals also have thin, light middorsal stripe within a broader, dark middorsal stripe. Some additional dark vertical bars are present below the eye, and the thighs are barred. The sides are darker brown than the upper surface of the dorsum. The skin of the dorsum is smooth.

Pristimantis taeniatus Dorsal 1 Pristimantis taeniatus Dorsal 2 Pristimantis taeniatus Dorsal 3


The ventral surface is white, with some brown mottling on the throat.

Pristimantis taeniatus Ventral 1 Pristimantis taeniatus Ventral 2

Taxonomy and systematics



Boulenger 1912


Eleutherodactylus taeniatus, Hylodes taeniatus

Type locality

Noananoa, Rio San Juan, Choco, S.W. Colombia

Habitat and distribution


Lowland and premontane forest to 1400 m.


Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama


Pristimantis taeniatus distribution
Distrubution map (IUCN)


Boulenger, G.A. 1912. Descriptions of new batrachians from the Andes of South America, preserved in the British Museum. Annals and Magazine of Natural History: 185-191.

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Ibáñez, R, F Solís, C Jaramillo, and S Rand. 2000. An overwiew of the herpetology of Panama. In: Johnson, JD, RG Webb, and OA Flores-Villela. Eds. Mesoamerican Herpetology: Systematics, Zoogeography and Conservation. The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas.

Lynch, JD and MC Ardila-Robayo. 1999. The Eleutherodactylus of the Taeniatus complex in western Colombia: Taxonomy and distribution. Revista de la Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales: 615-624.

Lynch, JD and SB Arroyo. 2009. Risks to Colombian amphibian fauna from cultivation of coca (Erythroxylum coca): a geographical analysis. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part A 72(15-16): 974-985.

Lynch, JD and WE Duellman. 1997. Frogs of the genus Eleutherodactylus in western Ecuador: Systematics, ecology, and biogeography. University of Kansas Museum of Natural History Special Publication 23: 1-236.

Lynch, JD. 1980. Systematic status and distribution of some poorly known frogs of the genus Eleutherodactylus from the Chocoan lowlands of South America. Herpetologica 36(2): 175-189.

Savage, JM. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna between two Continents, between two Seas. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Woodhams, DC, VL Kilburn , LK Reinert, J Voyles , D Medina, RIbáñez, AD Hyatt, DG Boyle, JD Pask, DM Green, and LA Rollins-Smith. 2008. Chytridiomycosis and amphibian population declines continue to spread eastward in Panama. EcoHealth 5(3): 268-274.

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