Common name: Panamanian Golden Frog
Synonyms and Other Names: Atelopus varius zeteki
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Native Range: Foothills of western-central Panama (Lindquist and Hetherington, 1996).
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
Puerto Rico &
Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Atelopus zeteki are found here.
Table last updated 12/3/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Pet release.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Lindquist, E.D., and T.E. Hetherington. 1996. Field studies on visual and acoustic signaling in the "earless" Panamanian golden frog, Atelopus zeteki
. Journal of Herpetology 30(3): 347-354.
Revision Date: 8/10/2018
Powell, R.S., 2023, Atelopus zeteki Dunn, 1933: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=43, Revision Date: 8/10/2018, Access Date: 12/3/2023
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