Arturo Muñoz Saravia

Arturo has been working with Bolivian amphibians for more than 17 years and is the founder of the Bolivian Amphibian Unitiative. He is co-chair of the Amphibian Specialist Group-Bolivia. Arturo has a strong interest in amphibian conservation and at the moment is working on his Ph.D. at Ghent University on the ecology of the Titicaca Water Frog to try to understand the foraging strategies and nutrition of this Critically Endangered frog. At the same time he is coordinating and working with his team with additional endangered Bolivian amphibians.

Arturo started working with amphibians as a hobby but since has been carrying out different biodiversity rapid assessments across all Bolivia, working on different projects mainly in collaboration with international organizations. In 2007 he created the Bolivian Amphibian Initiative, a project working with amphibian conservation in Bolivia, mainly focused in research, capacity building, education and the captive breeding of endangered Andean amphibians. This project intends to work not just on amphibian conservation but also to support and bring together young researchers and future conservationists that are interested in working in amphibian conservation. Now his focus is mainly in Andean amphibians due to the threats they face and because most of the endemic and endangered species are located in this area.


  • Ph.D. candidate, Veterinary Science, Ghent University, Belgium.
  • Licenciate Biology, Universidad Mayor de San Simon, Bolivia.


Brunetti, A. E., Muñoz Saravia, A., Barrionuevo, J. S., & Reichle, S. (2017). Silent sounds in the Andes: Underwater vocalizations of three frog species with reduced tympanic middle ears. Canadian Journal of Zoology, (ja).

Willaert, B., Reichle, S., Stegen, G., Martel, A., Lavayen, S. B., de Lozada Bianco, N. S. & Muñoz, A. (2016). Distribution, ecology, and conservation of the critically endangered frog Psychrophrynella illimani (Anura, Craugastoridae) with the description of its call. Salamandra

Mendoza, P. M., Rivas, L. R., & Muñoz, A. (2015). Homonota fasciata Duméril & Bibron, 1836 (Squamata: Phyllodactylidae): Nuevo registro para el noreste del departamento de Potosí, Bolivia. Cuadernos de Herpetología29.

Embert, D., Reichle, S., Larrea-Alcázar, D. M., Cortez, C., Muñoz, A., Gonzales, L. & Maldonado, M. (2011). Priority areas for amphibian conservation in a neotropical megadiverse country: the need for alternative, non-place based, conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation20(7), 1557.

Reading, R.R., T.J. Weaver, J.R. Garcia, R. Elias Piperis, M.T. Herbert, C. Cortez, A. Muñoz, J.E. Rodríguez & Y. Matamoros (Eds.) 2011. Lake Titicaca’s Frog (Telmatobius culeus) Conservation Strategy Workshop. December 13-15, 2011. Bioscience School, Universidad Nacional del Altiplano, Puno, Peru. Conservation Breeding Specialist Group CBSG/(SSC/IUCN) Mesoamerica.

Vaira, M., A. Muñoz, L. Gonzales. 2009. Anfibios de la selva pedemontana de Argentina y Bolivia. Patrones de diversidad, distribución y estado de conservación. In Brown. A.D., P. G. Blendinger, T. Lomáscolo, P. Garcia (Eds). Selva Pedemontana de las yungas. Historia Natural Ecologia y manejo de un ecosistema en peligro (213-233). Ediciones del subtropico. Tucuman Argentina.

Carrasco, P.A., M.B. Harvey, A. Munoz-Saravia. 2009. The rare Andean pitviper Rhinocerophis jonathani (Serpentes: Viperidae: Crotalinae): redescription with comments on its systematics and biogeography. Zootaxa. 2283: 1-5

Padial, J. M., Köhler, J., Muñoz, A. & De la Riva, I. 2008. Assessing the taxonomic status of tropical frogs through bioacoustics: geographical variation in the advertisement call in the Eleutherodactylus discoidalis species group (Anura: Brachycephalidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 152: 353–365.

Muñoz A., R. Aguayo & De la Riva, I. 2007. Phrynopus harveyi Muñoz, Aguayo and De la Riva, sp. nov. In: I. De la Riva. Bolivian frogs of the genus Phrynopus, with the description of twelve new species (Anura: Brachycephalidae). Herpetological Monographs, 21: 250–252.

Siles L., A. Muñoz & L. F. Aguirre. 2007. Bat diversity in three caves in a montane forest of Bolivia. Ecotropica 13(1):67-74

Gonzales, L., Muñoz, A., & E. Cortez. 2006. Primer reporte sobre la herpetofauna de la Reserva Natural “El Corbalán”,Tarija, Bolivia. Kempffiana 2(1):72-94

MacLeod R., A. Maccormick, A. Muñoz. L. Gonzales, C. Hamel, & Y. Gareka. 2004. Key Areas for Biodiversity for conservation. A site Based Assessment of the priority areas for biodiversity conservation in Bolivia.

Aguirre L.F., X. Velez-Liendo, A. Muñoz & A. Selaya. 2003. Patrones de distribución y zoogeografía de los Murciélagos de Bolivia. Revista. Boliviana de Ecología 14: 3-17.

Harvey M. B. & A. Muñoz. 2003. A New Species of Tomodon (Serpentes: Colubridae) From High Elevations in the Bolivian Andes. Herpetologica, 60(3), 364-372.

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