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Andrés Rymel Acosta-Galvis

Andrés Rymel Acosta-Galvis

Master of Science
Freelance, Herpetologist.

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Introduction
I have merged distribution maps and lists of species from amphibians in Colombia with continuous updates, which can be consulted at www. batrachia.com. My research highlights to understand the biological diversity of Colombian amphibians, from the perspective of their distributions, taxonomic aspects, and phylogeny.
Additional affiliations
January 2022 - March 2022
Instituto Amazónico de Investigaciones Científicas Sinchi
Position
  • Contratista
Description
  • Taxonomic reviews of the Colombian Amazonian amphibians.
May 2014 - November 2021
Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt
Position
  • Curator Amphibian and Reptiles collections
Description
  • Biological collections-Program of Evaluation and Monitoring of the State of Biodiversity Amphibians collection curator Reptile collection curator
August 1999 - January 2010
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Zoology of Vertebrates (Coordinator) Systematics Herpetology Biology of Amphibians
Education
January 2005 - December 2007
National University of Colombia
Field of study
  • Systematics , Herpetology
January 1992 - May 1998

Publications

Publications (105)
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The genus Elachistocleis consists of small to medium size species of Neotropical microhylids. It is the second largest genus of New World microhylids and an important component of the anuran diversity in the Neotropical region. Herein, based on morphological, acoustical, and molecular evidence, we describe two new species and their advertisement ca...
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The genus Pipa is a species-poor clade of Neotropical frogs and one of the most bizarre-looking due to many highly derived anatomical traits related to their fully aquatic lifestyle. With their African relatives, they form the Pipidae family, which has attracted much attention, especially regarding its anatomy, reproductive biology, paleontology an...
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Las colecciones biológicas son la biblioteca de la biodiversidad y mediante la identificación de los vacíos de representación apoyan la planificación, el manejo, la consolidación de inventarios y la construcción de estrategias para su conservación.
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Background Pandi’s mushroom-tongue salamander ( Bolitoglossa pandi ) is one of the threatened amphibians in South America, as well as a flagship species for the Colombian conservation agenda. This species is endemic to the Andean cloud forests of the western slope of the Cordillera Oriental of Colombia, occurring only in the department of Cundinama...
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Background Pandi’s mushroom-tongue salamander (Bolitoglossa pandi) is one of the threatened amphibians in South America, as well as a flagship species for the Colombian conservation agenda. This species is endemic to the Andean cloud forests of the western slope of the Cordillera Oriental of Colombia, occurring only in the department of Cundinamarc...
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DESDE 1995 LAS COLECCIONES BIOLÓGICAS DEL INSTITUTO HUMBOLDT HAN TRABAJADO PARA LLEGAR A SER HOY EL SEGUNDO REPOSITORIO DE BIODIVERSIDAD MÁS GRANDE Y REPRESENTADO POR SU TIPO, CONVIRTIÉNDOSE EN UNA HERRAMIENTA PARA RESPONDER A LOS DESAFÍOS EN CONSERVACIÓN, GENÉTICA Y EDUCACIÓN DESDE LA INVESTIGACIÓN Y DOCUMENTACIÓN DE LA BIODIVERSIDAD.
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A new species of Pristimantis (Craugastoridae, subgenus Pristimantis) is described from a relict and unexplored cloud forest in the western slope from Cordillera Oriental of the Colombian Andes. The specific name was chosen by consensus expert scientists and local people. Pristimantis chamezensis sp. nov. is easily distinguished from congeneric spe...
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1. Global warming is having impacts across the Tree of Life. Understanding species’ physiological sensitivity to temperature change and how they relate to local temperature variation in their habitats is crucial to determining vulnerability to global warming. 2. We ask how species’ vulnerability varies across habitats and elevations, and how climat...
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This study reports the salamander Oedipina complex (Dunn, 1924) in a tropical and relictual humid forest in the Magdalena Valley, Colombia. Previous records outline O. complex as a species associated with the pluvial forests of central and northern areas of the Chocó Biogeographic Region in Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama. Based on this new record, t...
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Using different sources of evidence (i.e., integrative taxonomy), we describe a new species of Hyloxalus, Hyloxalus arliensis sp. nov. The new species occurs in the middle Magdalena River valley on slopes between the Cordillera Central and Cordillera Oriental of the Andes of Colombia. Previously, the new species was referred to as Hyloxalus “Ibagué...
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Se realizó una presentación de la propuesta desarrollada desde el Instituto para el manejo de colecciones biológicas de anfibios y reptiles. Se presentó la importancia de la información que se genera alrededor de las colecciones y de cómo mantener el enfoque de la preservación adecuada de especímenes con los nuevos requerimientos propuestos desde l...
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Geophis nigroalbus Boulenger, 1908 is a fossorial and secretive colubrid snake endemic to the western Andes of Colombia. Here we report this species for the first time in the Cordillera Oriental in Middle Magdalena Valley. We expand the known distribution of G. nigroalbus 183 km east of its original range.
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Una revisión de proyectos, literatura y museo de la herpetofauna reportada en el departamento de Arauca-Colombia
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A new species of the genus Caecilia (Caeciliidae) from the western foothills of the Serranía de los Yariguíes in Colombia is described. Caecilia pulchraserranasp. nov. is similar to C. degenerata and C. corpulenta but differs from these species in having fewer primary annular grooves and a shorter body length. With this new species, the currently r...
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In anurans, acoustic signal traits are useful for understanding patterns of evolutionary processes, behavioral interactions, and providing diagnostic characters for inferring phylogenetic relationships and delimiting species (Cocroft Ryan 1995). The advertisement call, which is the vocalization emitted to attract females or segregate conspecific ma...
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Rasgos funcionales de Anfibios de Colombia entrega con rasgos de 108 especies, material divulgativo de libre acceso que esperamos promueva el interés por el estudio de la ecología funcional en este grupo. Acceso para descarga http://repository.humboldt.org.co/handle/20.500.11761/35290. La información se deriva de información publicada, colecciones...
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Esta publicación se deriva de una investigación posdoctoral titulada: Análisis multiescala de determinantes de la diversidad taxonómica y funcional de anfibios en Colombia como herramienta para el manejo de la biodiversidad, donde se identificaron rasgos funcionales asociados con la estructuración y uso del hábitat por 183 especies de anfibios, med...
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Species traits provide a strong link between an organism's fitness and processes at community and ecosystem levels. However, such data remains scarce for amphibians in the neotropics. Colombia is the country with the highest number of threatened amphibians and the second greatest number of amphibian species worldwide. We present a data set containi...
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The southeastern foothills of the Sierra de La Macarena in the municipality of La Macarena (Meta) are of great importance since they are located in one of the biotic exchange areas between the Amazonian, Guiana Shield and Orinoco faunas. However, there is a significant information gap, in terms of the diversity of amphibians and reptiles in the dif...
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Knowledge of the amphibian fauna of the Guiana Shield region in Colombia is still incomplete because many Guiana Shield localities with potentially high diversity remain scientifically unexplored. Currently, based on available records from the scientific literature and national museum collections, 93 species of amphibians are recognized, belonging...
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The Neotropical genus Leptodactylus is currently represented by three species in the West Indies (Leptodactylus albilabris, Leptodactylus fallax and Leptodactylus validus). Based on morphological, acoustic and molecular evidence, we document the presence of a fourth species in the Caribbean region, Leptodactylus fragilis (Brocchi, 1877). The specie...
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Among New World direct-developing frogs belonging to the clade Brachycephaloidea (= Terraranae), there are several genera with uncertain phylogenetic placements. One notable example is the genus Niceforonia Goin & Cochran 1963, which includes three species that are endemic to Colombia. Three specimens of the species Niceforonia nana were collected...
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The Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species (GRIIS) presents validated and verified checklists (inventories) of introduced (alien) and invasive alien species at the country, territory, and associated island level. Phase 1 of the project focused on developing validated and verified checklists of countries that are Party to the Convention...
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A new species of frog of the genus Hyloxalus from a high Andean forest of the central parts of the Cordillera Oriental, Colombia is recognized and described using integrative taxonomy. Using phylogenetic analyses of 2590 base pairs (bp) of mitochondrial DNA, Hyloxalus felixcoperari sp. nov. was shown to belong to a lineage of the subpunctatus clade...
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The Neotropical genus Leptodactylus is currently represented by three species in the West Indies (Leptodactylus albilabris, Leptodactylus fallax and Leptodactylus validus). Based on morphological, acoustic and molecular evidence, we document the presence of a fourth species in the Caribbean region, Leptodactylus fragilis (Brocchi, 1877). The specie...
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As a result of the exploration of post-conflict areas in the Colombia BIO project, a new species of green bones frog of the genus Scinax, assignable to the clade Scinax ruber, is described. The species is endemic to the peripheral sub-Andean forests of the middle Magdalena valley in Colombia. This biological entity was previously identified in the...
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A new species of nurse frog is described from the Andean foothills in the department of Boyacá and associated Orinoco River basin in Colombia. This species has a morphological similarity to Hyloxalus picachos, which inhabits the Andean foothills in the department of Caquetá but differs due to the presence of an oblique lateral band that extends to...
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This is the first report demonstrating that Boana tetete and B. maculateralis occur in the Colombian Amazon Basin. These specimens were identified previously as Boana fasciata; however, morphology and current distribution records show that the specimens were misidentified. These new records extend the known distribution of the B. tetete 630 km nort...
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Leptodactylus validus is reported for the first time for Colombia, corresponding to the tenth species of the L. melanonotus species group occurring in the country. In collections, all L. validus specimens were identified as L. colombiensis. Morphological, coloration, and ecological characters are provided to differentiate the two species in Colombi...
Data
Measurements of Leptodactylus validus
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Se reportan 18 especies de anfibios y 38 de reptiles. Se resalta el hallazgo de varias especies que reflejan el carácter estacional de la cuenca y la ausencia de muestreos en la zona, debido a que estos constituyen los primeros registros para el departamento del Vichada. Es de gran importancia la presencia de la especie Boana wavrini, siendo abunda...
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A regional inventory of the anuran fauna of the mountainous areas of the municipality of Yopal (Casanare- Colombia) is presented. Aspects of their regional distribution and natural history of the species are reported. Individually in each locality studied, inventories showed that the number of species is relatively low, between 4-17, but the accumu...
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We report the presence of Boana wavrini in Arauca and Vichada departments (Llanos of Colombia). These localities extend the known range of this species by more than 283 km to the north from the previously known occurrences. In addition, we describe some aspects of the natural history of this species.
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La familia Rhinatrematidae es considerada un grupo monofilético de apodos con una distribución estrictamente Neotropical siendo evidenciado filogenéticamente como el grupo más primitivo del orden Gymnophiona. Esta familia, agrupa 11 especies distribuidas en dos géneros, uno de ellos es Epicrionops que contiene 8 especies restrictas en el centro y n...
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Biological collections are sources of knowledge, particularly critical to understand life when they house specimens from megadiverse countries. However, the scientific value of biological collections is usually unknown because the lack of an explicit link between knowledge and specimens. Here we compiled 628 papers from 152 journals that used colle...
Technical Report
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Durante la semana del 15 al 20 de diciembre del año 2015, el equipo de Colecciones Biológicas del Instituto Alexander von Humboldt (IAvH), realizó una caracterización rápida en tres Reservas Naturales de la Sociedad Civil: Cochahuaira, Buena Vista y Furatena, que en total suman un área de conservación de aproximadamente 15 ha. Las reservas están lo...
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El Instituto Humboldt, desde su agenda de investigación en bosques y ecosistemas estratégicos, lidera ejercicios caracterización de la biodiversidad en áreas identificadas con prioridad para la conservación. Dada la condición actual de transformación del territorio CAR, donde cerca del 76% está conformado por agro-ecosistemas de cultivos mixtos y g...
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El Instituto Humboldt, con la mision de realizar investigación que contribuya al conocimiento de la biodiversidad del país, promueve ejercicios de caracterización de los ecosistemas con prioritaridad para la conservación. El bosque seco tropical es considerado uno de los ecosistemas con mayores niveles de fragmentación y exclusividad biológica. En...
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Two sympatric species of aquatic frogs (Pipa pipa and Pipa snethlageae) are reported for the first time for the Bita and Orinoco rivers in the moriche palm swamp streams of the floodplain, in the department of Vichada, Colombia. Updated maps are provided with the extension of the range of these two species, comments on their taxonomy and some aspec...
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The current state of the collections of amphibians and reptiles Research Institute of Biological Resources Alexander von Humboldt, is reviewed
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La mayor riqueza corresponde a las tierras bajas, entre 0 y 249 m s.n.m. con 20 especies. La mayor riqueza corresponde a los bosques de niebla, entre 1750 y 2249 m s.n.m. La mayor riqueza se concentra en los bosques húmedos tropicales de la amazonia y el Pacífico, entre los 0 y 249 m s.n.m. en la región andina se encuentra la mayoría de especies (4...
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Tropical land-use change is a key driver of global declines in biodiversity and a major source of anthropogenic carbon emissions, yet there is a substantial shortfall in the funding available to tackle these issues. We urgently need mechanisms that can simultaneously tackle both biodiversity and carbon losses, with carbon-based payments for ecosyst...
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A pesar del creciente número de investigaciones sobre el bosque seco colombiano y de algunos esfuerzos por compilar registros de sus especies, aún no es posible establecer mapas reales de distribución de su diversidad. Por tal razón, es necesario realizar muestreos sistemáticos de diferentes grupos biológicos y consolidar datos a escala nacional pa...
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La expedición al complejo de humedales de Lagartococha de 2012 registró 34 especies de anfibios, las cuales, sumadas a los registros realizados por otras expediciones en el Corredor Trinacional, incluyendo las de Yanéz & Venegas (2008), Campos (2011) y las colecciones de referencia de la RPF Cuyabeno y el PNN La Paya (Figura 1), reconocen un total...
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This chapter describes and updates the richness of amphibians in the middle and lower basin of the Meta River, below 500 masl and the richness present throughout the river basin For this, the information has been compiled geographical and taxonomic updated to 2013 and which consists of 4,500 records
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During an exploratory field trip, made to identify possible study areas in one of the isolated paramos north of the Arcabuco region (Boyacá, Colombia), a species of terrestrial frog assignable to the unistrigatus species group of the genus Pristimantis was discovered. It is similar in morphology to the species group with reduced discs formed by Pri...
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The first voucher specimen in a reference collection of Typhlonectes compressicauda (Duméril y Bibron 1841) (Gymnophiona: Typhlonectidae), was obtained in the Colombian Amazon, confirming previous observations in the region. Additional information obtained provide additional knowledge about their life history and in particular physical and chemical...