Pristimantis saltissimus
Rocket Rainfrog
family: Strabomantidae
subfamily: Pristimantinae
Species Description: Means DB, Savage JM 2007 Three new malodorous rainfrogs of the genus Pristimantis (Anura:Brachycephalidae) from the Wokomung Massif in west-central Guyana, South America. Zootaxa 1658-39-55.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Guyana



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

Pristimantis saltissimus is known only from the Wokomung Massif at elevations between 698 and 1560 masl (Means and Savage, 2007). It is also possible that this species may also be found on Mt. Ayanganna to the north of Wokomung and Maringma to the east. P. saltissimus may also be present at an elevation of about 1000 masl in transitional forest between rainforest and cloud forest below the Prow of Mt. Roraima in Guyana (B. Means, pers. comm. 2008).

Habitat and Ecology

Individuals of this species can be found on leaves of shrubs, branches, tree buttresses, exposed roots, and herbaceous ground vegetation, from below 0.5 m off the ground to 2 m high, in dense cloud forest. Most often individuals are found near the leafy banks of small cascades plunging down the steep sides of escarpments, often in the identical microhabitats of a species of arboreal toad, Oreophrynella sp., but they are also found on the leaves of understory vegetation in the cloud forest away from streams and cascades. P. saltissimus is syntopic with P. dendrobatoides and P. jester (Means and Savage, 2007).


This is the most commonly encountered frog in cloud forest habitats on the Wokomung Massif. At the moment, it is a common species (B. Means, pers. comm. 2008).

Population Trend


Major Threats

No major threats were observed for this species. However, introduced microbes and/or chemicals could be an unobservable threat (B. Means, pers. comm. 2008).

Conservation Actions

No conservation measures are known for this species. However, there is ample habitat to support this species on three tepui cloud forests, which are extensive on these tepuis, and the tepuis are not suitable for human agriculture or occupancy (B. Means, pers. comm. 2008).

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Least Concern in view of its occurrence in an area where its habitats are not significantly threatened, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Taxonomic Notes

Pristimantis saltissimus can be distinguished from other similar species by a combination of morphological features, colour pattern and the production of odorous skin secretions (Means and Savage, 2007).


Bruce Means 2008. Pristimantis saltissimus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T135773A4199491. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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