Lucas Bustamante is a wildlife photographer and biologist from Ecuador. He is the photographic director of Tropical Herping, an institution he co-founded in 2009 to preserve tropical reptiles and amphibians through tourism, photography, education and research. He is author of The Amphibians and Reptiles of Mindo and three scientific articles describing new species to science. Lucas' main goal is to use photography as a tool to promote wildlife conservation. His photographic work has been featured in National Geographic, Ranger Rick and Discovery Channel. In 2015, Lucas was awarded in the Nature's Best Photography competition and was accepted in the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Loxodonta africana
Saphenophis boursieri
Marmosops impavidus
Bitis peringueyi
Trachycephalus macrotis
Iguana iguana
Chamaeleo namaquensis
Aotus vociferans
Corallus hortulanus
Lycorea sp
Compsus sp
Pristimantis omeviridis
Zalophus wollebaeki
Chelonoidis porteri
Boissoneau flavescens
Oryx gazella
Microlophus indefatigabilis
Corallus hortulanus
Cochranella litoralis
Alouatta seniculus
Alchisme grossa
Ceratophrys cornuta
Nyctibius griseus
Diceros bicornis

Described species

Hyloscirtus mashpi

Mashpi Torrenteer
(Hyloscirtus mashpi)

Pristimantis nietoi

Nieto's Rainfrog
(Pristimantis nietoi)

Pristimantis buenaventura

Buenaventura Rainfrog
(Pristimantis buenaventura)

Synophis zaheri

Zaher's Terrier-Snake
(Synophis zaheri)

Recent publications

Arteaga A, Pyron RA, Peñafiel N, Romero-Barreto P, Culebras J, Bustamante L, et al. Comparative phylogeography reveals cryptic diversity and repeated patterns of cladogenesis for amphibians and reptiles in northwestern Ecuador. PLoS ONE. 2016 Apr 27. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151746 PDF

Pyron RA, Guayasamin JM, Peñafiel N, Bustamante L, Arteaga A. Systematics of Nothopsini (Serpentes, Dipsadidae), with a new species of Synophis from the Pacific Andean slopes of southwestern Ecuador. ZooKeys. 2015;541: 109-147. PDF

Guayasamin JM, Rivera-Correa M, Arteaga A, Culebras J, Bustamante L, Pyron RA, et al. Molecular phylogeny of stream treefrogs (Hylidae: Hyloscirtus bogotensis Group), with a new species from the Andes of Ecuador. Neotrop Biodivers. 2015;1: 2-21. PDF

Arteaga A, Bustamante L, Guayasamin JM. The amphibians and reptiles of Mindo. Quito: Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica; 2013.