Reptiles of Ecuador

We are happy to announce our latest book project, Reptiles of Ecuador, which includes photographs, distribution maps and detailed species accounts for the country's 456 species of reptiles. 100% of the content will be available for free online, 5% of the sales of the printed copies will go to Save the Choco, and 60% will fund TH's research projects.

We are accepting sponsorship requests. Just contact us to obtain a detailed PDF.

Amphibians of Ecuador

We are happy to announce our latest book project, Amphibians of Ecuador, which includes photographs, distribution maps and detailed species accounts for the country's 572 species of amphibians. 100% of the content will be available for free online, 5% of the sales of the printed copies will go to Save the Choco, and 60% will fund TH's research projects.

We are accepting sponsorship requests. Just contact us to obtain a detailed PDF.

Our popular Mindo book will soon be back online with a number of updates, including 15 new species added to the list. In the meantime, you can get your printed copies at Amazon.com

Reptiles of the Choco

A new model of pocket field guide has been born. The Reptiles of the Ecuadorian Choco is the first of a series of freely-downloadable pocket-size identification guides that cover the herpetofauna of an entire biogeographic region. All pictures are taken on a white background and show the animals in a standard dorsolateral position for ease of comparison. Finally, the downloadable PDF will be updated monthly to include brand new images.

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New species

Nothing makes us happier than creating scientific knowledge in tropical countries using funds from tourism and photography. Since 2009, TH has successfully funded the field work, lab work, and researcher's salaries that ultimately resulted in the publication of 12 new species of amphibians and reptiles in Ecuador and Colombia. However, this is just the beginning. Seven new species of reptiles and ten species of frogs are still waiting to be described, and we are dedicating 60% of our revenues to propel this work before it is too late.

Rediscoveries

It is always too early to give up. For this reason, at TH, we spend our time and resources finding species before they become extinct, and we have been successful. Between 2013 and 2016, in collaboration with Universidad Indoamérica, our team discovered relict populations of six critically endangered species of stubfoot toads, which, thanks to the ex-situ conservation project at Centro Jambatu, may now have a chance to avoid extinction.

Recent publications

Guayasamin JM, Hutter CR, Tapia EE, Culebras J, Peñafiel J, Pyron RA, Morochz C, Funk WC, Arteaga A. Diversification of the rainfrog Pristimantis ornatissimus in the lowlands and Andean foothills of Ecuador. PLoS ONE. 2017 Mar 22. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0172615 PDF

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

Amador L, Gómez C, Londoño-Guarnizo CA, López-Caro J, Arteaga A. Northernmost new records of Enyalioides touzeti Torres-Carvajal, Almendáriz, Valencia, Yánez-Muñoz & Reyes, 2008 (Sauria: Hoplocercidae) from Ecuador: altitudinal and latitudinal distribution extension, new provincial and biogeographical record. Check List. 2017 Jan 08. doi: 10.15560/13.1.2032 PDF

Pyron RA, Arteaga A, Echevarría LY, Torres-Carvajal O. A revision and key for the tribe Diaphorolepidini (Serpentes: Dipsadidae) and checklist for the genus Synophis. Zootaxa. 2016;4171: 293–320. 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

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

Ayala-Varela F, Velasco JA, Calderón-Espinosa M, Arteaga A, Sagredo Y, Valverde S. First records of Anolis ventrimaculatus Boulenger, 1911 (Squamata: Iguanidae) in Ecuador. Amphib Reptile Conserv. 2015;8: 136-140. PDF

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

Arteaga A, Yánez-Muñoz MH, Guayasamin JM. A new frog of the Pristimantis lacrimosus group (Anura: Craugastoridae) from the montane forests of northwestern Ecuador. In Arteaga A, Bustamante L, Guayasamin JM, editors. The amphibians and reptiles of Mindo. Quito: Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica; 2013. pp. 198–210. PDF

Guayasamin JM, Arteaga A. A new species of the Pristimantis orestes group (Amphibia: Strabomantidae) from the high Andes of Ecuador, Reserva Mazar. Zootaxa. 2013;3616: 345–356. PDF

Arteaga A, Guayasamin JM. A new frog of the genus Pristimantis (Amphibia: Strabomantidae) from the high Andes of southeastern Ecuador, discovered using morphological and molecular data. Zootaxa. 2011;2876: 17-29. PDF