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Ignacio José de la  Riva de la Viña


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Investigador Cientifico del CSIC

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As a herpetologist, I am interested in taxonomy, systematics, phylogeny, biogeography, ecology, and life history of amphibians and reptiles in general. However, I am mostly devoted to tropical species and my research is conducted mainly in Latin America, though I have worked in other areas as well. Frogs are my major focus. Also, I am interested in theoretical aspects of taxonomy and systematics, e.g., the species concept, the gap between phylogenies and classifications, the implications of naming species or not, integrative taxonomy, etc.


I have been working in the Neotropics for more that 20 years now, and the main target of my research have been the Amazonian and Andean frogs of Bolivia and southern Peru. I am also interested in Bolivian lizards of the genus Liolaemus, which constitute a taxonomic chaos.


Of course, conservation issues cannot be forgotten. With amphibians, I am lately involved in studying the extension and impact of chytridiomycosis in Bolivia, and with reptiles I am colaborating with a large international team to assess the impact of climate warming on lizards worldwide.




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Burrowes, P. A. & De la Riva, I. 2016. Chytrid fungus detected in museum specimens of Andean aquatic birds: implications for pathogen dispersal. Journal of Wildlife Diseases (in press).


Winter, M., Fiedler, W., Hochachka, W. H., Koehnke, A., Meiri, S. & De la Riva, I. 2016. Patterns and biases in climate change research on amphibians and reptiles. Royal Society Open Science 3:160158.


Ttito, A, Landauro, C. Z., Venegas, P., De la Riva, I. & Chaparro, J. C. 2016. A new species of Telmatobius Wiegmann, 1834, from the Eastern Cordillera Central of the Andes, Peru (Anura: Telmatobiidae), with description of its tadpole, and range extensión of T. mendelsoni De la Riva et al., 2012. Annals of Carnegie Museum 83 (4): 255-268.


Motta, A. P., Chaparro, J. C., Pombal, J. P., Guayasamin, J. M., De la Riva, I. & Padial, J. M. 2016. Molecular phylogenetics and taxonomy of the Andean genus Lynchius Hedges, Heinicke and Duellman, 2008 (Anura: Craugastoridae). Herpetological Monographs 30: 119-142.


De la Riva, I. & Aparicio, J. 2016. Three new species of Psychrophrynella (Anura: Craugastoridae) from the Cordillera de Apolobamba, Bolivia, with comments on its amphibian fauna. Salamandra (in press).


Jiménez-Robles, O., Butrón-Gálvez, P., Carpio, R. & De la Riva, I. 2016. Revised distribution, phenotypic variation and conservation status of Liolaemus fittkaui (Squamata: Liolaemidae), an endemic to the Andes of Central Bolivia. Phyllomedusa 15 (1): 7-20.


Goicoechea, N., Frost, D. R., De la Riva, I., Pellegrino, K. C. M., Sites, J., Rodrigues, M. T. and Padial, J. M. 2016. Molecular systematics of teioid lizards (Teioidea/Gymnophthalmoidea: Squamata) based on the analysis of 48 loci under tree-alignment and similarity-alignment. Cladistics 32: 624-671.




Chaparro, J. C., Padial, J. M., Gutiérrez, R. C. & De la Riva, I. 2015. A new species of Andean frog of the genus Bryophryne from southern Peru (Anura: Craugastoridae) and its phylogenetic position, with notes on the diversity of the genus. Zootaxa 3994 (1): 94-108.


Castroviejo-Fisher, S., Padial, J. M., De la Riva, I. Pombal, Jr., J. P., da Silva, H. R., Rojas-Runjaic, F., Medina-Méndez, E. and Frost, D. R. 2015. Phylogenetic systematics of egg-brooding frogs (Anura: Hemiphractidae) and the evolution of direct development. Zootaxa 4004 (1): 1-75.


Jiménez-Robles, O., De la Riva, I., & Guayasamin, J. M. 2015. Rulyrana flavopunctata: reproduction. Herpetological Review 46 (2): 238-239.


Solís, R., Penna, M., Fischer, M. De la Riva, I. & Bosch, J. 2015. Presence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in anurans from the Andes highlands of northern Chile. Herpetological Journal 24: 55-59.




De la Riva, I. & Burrowes, P. A. 2014. A new species of Psychrophrynella (Anura: Craugastoridae) from the Cordillera Real, Department La Paz, Bolivia. Zootaxa 3887 (3): 459-470.


Gehara, M. C. M., Crawford, A. J., Orrico, V. G. D., Rodríguez, A., Lötters, S., Fouquet, A., Baldo, D., Barrientos, L. S., Brusquetti, F., De la Riva, I., Ernst, R., Faivovich, J., Gagliardi Urrutia, J., Glaw, F., Guayasamin, J. M., Hölting, M., Jansen, M., Kok, P., Kwet, A., Lingnau, R., Lyra, M., Moravec, J., Pombal Jr., J., Rojas-Runjaic, F. J. M., Schulze, A., Señaris, J. C., Solé, M., Rodrigues, M. T., Twomey, E., Haddad, C. F. B., Vences, M. & Köhler, J. 2014. High levels of diversity uncovered in a widespread nominal taxon: continental phylogeography of the Neotropical tree frog Dendropsophus minutus. PLoS One 9 (9) e103958


De la Riva, I. & Reichle, S. 2014. Diversity and conservation of amphibians of Bolivia. In Heatwole, H., Barrio-Amorós, C. & Wilkinson, W. (eds.). Status of Decline of Amphibians: Western Hemisphere. Chapter 14, Part 4, vol. 9. Herpetological Monographs 28: 46-65.





Goicoechea, N., Padial, J. M. Chaparro, J. C., Castroviejo-Fisher, S., De la Riva, I. (2013). A taxonomic revision of Proctoporus bolivianus Werner (Squamata, Gymnophthalmidae) with the description of three new species and resurrection of Proctoporus lacertus Stejneger.  American Museum Novitates, 3786: 1–32 


Jungfer, K.-H., Faivovich, J., Padial, J. M., Castroviejo-Fisher, S., Lyra, M., Berneck, B. V. M., Iglesias, P., Kok, P. J. R., MacCulloch, R. D., Rodrigues, M. T., Verdade, V. K., Torres Gastello, C. P., Chaparro, J. C., Valdujo, P. H. Reichle, S., Moravec, J., Gvoždík, V., Gagliardi-Urrutia, G., Ernst, R., De la Riva, I., Means, D. B.,Lima, A. P., Señaris, J. C., Wheeler, W. C. & Haddad, C. F.B. (2013). Systematics of spiny-backed treefrogs (Hylidae: Osteocephalus): an Amazonian puzzle. Zoologica Scripta, 42: 351–380 
DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12015


Vences, M., Guayasamin, J. M., Miralles, A. and De la Riva, I. (2013). To name or not to name: Criteria to promote economy of change in supraspecific Linnean classification schemes. Zootaxa, 3636 (2): 201–244  
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De la Riva, I., Trueb, L. and Duellman, W. E. (2012). A new species of Telmatobius (Anura: Telmatobiidae) from montane forests of southern Peru, with a review of osteological features of the genus. South American Journal of Herpetology, 7 (2): 91–109 


Goicoechea, N., Padial, J. M., Chaparro, J. C., Castroviejo-Fisher, S. and De la Riva, I. (2012). Molecular phylogenetics, species diversity, and biogeography of the Andean lizards of the genus Proctoporus (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 65: 953–964.


Domic, E., Cortez, C., Embert, D., Aparicio, J., Reichle, S., De la Riva, I. & Padial, J. M. (2012). Los reptiles y anfibios de Madidi.  In: E. Salinas & R. B. Wallace (eds.): Conocimientos científicos y prioridades de investigación en el Parque Nacional y Área Natural de Manejo Integrado Madidi. pp. 96–111. SERNAP & WCS, La Paz, Bolivia. 

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Padial, J. M., Chaparro, J. C., Castroviejo-Fisher, S., Guayasamin, J. M., Lehr, E., Delgado, A. J., Vaira, M., Teixeira Jr., M., Aguayo,R. & De la Riva, I. (2012). A revision of species diversity in the Neotropical genus Oreobates (Anura: Strabomantidae), with the description of three new species from the Amazonian slopes of the Andes, and the proposal of candidate species. American Museum Novitates 3752: 1-55.




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