"Cochranella" riveroi

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"Cochranella" riveroi is a species of frog in the family Centrolenidae.[1][2] It is endemic to Cerro Aracamuni, Venezuela. The generic placement of this species within the subfamily Centroleninae is uncertain (incertae sedis ).[1][2]

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

This species was originally described as Centrolenella riveroi. However, most subsequent studies have placed it in the genus Cochranella.[1][3] A study published in 2002 suggested that it belongs to the Cochranella spinosa group.[1] However, morphological data do not allow unambiguous generic placement. With no molecular data available, it is—for the time being—retained in Cochranella.[1][2]


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"Cochranella" riveroi is only known from Cerro Aracamuni, Venezuela

Habitat and conservation[edit]

The type series was collected from terrestrial bromeliads at the summit of Cerro Aracamuni at about {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} above sea level.[4][3] The vegetation at the summit is mostly low (<1 m), with forested areas in depressions and along streams.[3]

There are no known threats to this species, although its small range makes it vulnerable (Cerro Aracamuni is a tepui with a relatively small summit[3]). It occurs in the Serranía de la Neblina National Park.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Frost, Darrel R. (2017). ""Cochranella" riveroi (Ayarzagüena, 1992)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. http://research.amnh.org/vz/herpetology/amphibia/Amphibia/Anura/Centrolenidae/Centroleninae/Cochranella-riveroi.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Guayasamin, J. M.; Castroviejo-Fisher, S.; Trueb, L.; Ayarzagüena, J.; Rada, M.; Vilà, C. (2009). "Phylogenetic systematics of glassfrogs (Amphibia: Centrolenidae) and their sister taxon Allophryne ruthveni". Zootaxa 2100: 1–97. http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/list/2009/zt02100.html.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Señaris, J. C.; Ayarzagüena, J. (2005). "Revisión taxonómica de la Familia Centrolenidae (Amphibia; Anura) de Venezuela". Publicaciones del Comité Español del Programa Hombre y Biosfera – Red IberoMaB de la UNESCO 7: 1–337.(Cochranella riveroi: p. 141–146)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named IUCN


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