Jose Vieira is an enthusiastic naturalist, wildlife photographer and tour leader from Venezuela. From a young age, he became passionate about nature, particularly amphibians and reptiles, which led him to be part of countless field expeditions in his native country, where he made herpetological contributions to the Museo de Historia Natural La Salle. Currently, his contributions to science continue in Ecuador with the rediscovery of Atelopus bomolochos and A. nepiozomus, and with his expeditions to remote areas of the country under herpetological projects of Tropical Herping and Universidad Indoamerica.

Phyllodactylus reissii
Cruziohylas craspedopus
Dendropsophus triangulum
Sphaenorhynchus lacteus
Stenocercus iridescens
Phyllodactylus baurii
Oophaga sylvatica
Chironius multiventris
Dracaena guianensis
Callicebus toppini
Bolitoglossa orestes
Pristimantis ruidus

Described species

Atractus cerberus

Cerberus Groundsnake
Atractus cerberus
March 2017

Atractus esepe

Indistinct Groundsnake
Atractus esepe
March 2017

Atractus pyroni

Pyron's Groundsnake
Atractus pyroni
March 2017

Recent publications

Arteaga A, Mebert K, Valencia JH, Cisneros-Heredia DF, Peñafiel N, Reyes-Puig C, Vieira-Fernandes JL, Guayasamin JM. Molecular phylogeny of Atractus (Serpentes, Dipsadidae), with emphasis on Ecuadorian species and the description of three new taxa. ZooKeys. 2017;661: 91–123. PDF

Arteaga A, Vieira-Fernandes JL, Bustamante L, Di Doménico S, Aguiar G. Reptiles of the Ecuadorian Choco – Rapid identification guide. Quito: Tropical Herping; 2017. PDF

Vieira-Fernandes JL, Rojas-Runjaic FJM, Quihua JD, Rivero EI. Nuevos registros del sapo hojarasquero Rhaebo haematiticus Cope, 1862 (Anura, Bufonidae) y ampliación de su distribución en Venezuela. Mem Fund La Salle Cienc Nat. 2016;73: 71-77. PDF