is home to
several primate species found nowhere else including the Bolivian Gray
[note that the subspecies pallescens
considered a separate species], the Rio Beni Titi (ARKive),
Brothers' Titi (ARKive),
Madidi Titi or
Golden Palace Monkey (Planet'
has recently been identified as distinct from the more widespread
Amazon River Dolphin . Other
endemic mammals include Dorothy’s Slender Opossum Marmosops dorothea
(p. 2 of Field
Museum pdf file), a short-tailed opossum Monodelphis sanctaerosae
Thoughts), the Bolivian Chinchilla Rat (EDGE),
the Huanchaca Mouse
Mammiferes), the Rio Itenez Rice Rat (Planet'
Mammiferes), the Muenster
Yellow-toothed Cavy (Wikipedia),
Lewis' Tuco-tuco (EurekAlert!),
Yates' Big-eared Bat (HMNS),
and the Bolivian Golden Bat (BBC).
The Bolivian Blackbird (flickr) represents a genus unique to Bolivia. The Cliff Parakeet (IBC), the Blue-throated Macaw (ARKive) and the Red-fronted Macaw (Parrots Int'l) are endangered parrots. Other birds found solely in Bolivia include the Horned Curassow (IBC), the Black-hooded Sunbeam (Neotropical Birds), the Palkachupa Cotinga (ABC), the Rufous-faced Antpitta (IBC), the Masked Antpitta (Neotropical Birds), Zimmer's Tapaculo (flickr), the Bolivian Earthcreeper (flickr), the Bolivian Spinetail (Neotropical Birds), the Cochabamba Mountain-finch (ARKive), the Bolivian Warbling Finch (flickr), the Bolivian Brush-finch (IBC), the Unicolored Thrush (IBC), and the Bolivian Recurvebill (IBC).
Amphibians found exclusively in Bolivia include the La Siberia Marsupial Frog (ARKive), the Sehuencas Water Frog (ARKive), the Cochamba Robber Frog (ARKive), Oreobates zongoensis (p. 138 of PNUMA pdf file), the tree frogs Hypsiboas callipleura and Scinax castroviejoi (both at BAI pdf file), the Parjacti Tree Frog (EDGE), the Bolivian Poison Frog (AmphibiaWeb), the El Chape Toad (ARKive), Guille's Andes Frog (CBC-AMNH), and a glass frog Cochranella nola (ARKive). Recently described species include a marsupial frog Gastrotheca piperata (AmphibiaWeb), the Tacana Toad (Zootaxa pdf file), and the Inquisivi Water Frog (ARKive).
Reptiles known only from Bolivia include the Bolivian Anaconda Eunectes beniensis (Reptile Database), the Bolivian Lancehead Bothrops sanctaecrucis (Animais Bolivia), the Bolivian Coral Snake Micrurus serranus (flickr), the Bolivian Ground Snake Atractus balzani (p. 270 of PNUMA pdf file), a ground snake Xenopholis werdingorum (ResearchGate), the burrowing snakes Phalotris sansebastiani (Senckenberg) and Apostolepis breviceps (p. 657 of PNUMA pdf file), the lizards Liolaemus forsteri (p. 288 of PNUMA pdf file) and Tropidurus chromatops (p. 647 of PNUMA pdf file), and a worm lizard Amphisbaena cegei (Check List pdf file).
Among the catfish endemic to Bolivia are Corydoras geryi (PlanetCatfish), Trichomycterus chaberti (p. 94 of PNUMA pdf file), Farlowella altocorpus (Species New to Science), Hypostomus levis (PlanetCatfish), and Rineloricaria beni (PlanetCatfish). Other fish known only from the rivers and streams of Bolivia include the dwarf cichlids Apistogramma linkei (FishBase) and Apistogramma rubrolineata (Cichlid Room Companion), the Goldstripe Characin Creagrutus beni (FishBase), Characidium heinianum (FishBase),a rosy tetra Hyphessobrycon pando (Amin Zero), the annual fish Papiliolebias francescae (Bolivian Killifish) and Trigonectes rogoaguae (FishBase), and a tetra Hemigrammus neptunus (FishBase).
The mysterious Broad-headed Fly Eurychoromyia mallea (Diptera Site) was once placed in its own family, the Eurychoromyidae, but is now part of a subfamily of the Lauxaniidae (Zootaxa pdf file). Endemic butterflies include Pierphulia nysias (Neotropical Butterflies), Eretris julieta (SciELO Brazil), and South America's highest flying butterfly Piercolias huanaco (Butterflies of America). Othe endemic invertebrates include an ant Dolichoderus smithi (AntWiki), a large rhinoceros beetle Dynastes satanus (New World Scarab Beetles), a tiger beetle Pometon bolivianus (ASU), the stag beetles Auxicerus multicolor (New World Scarab Beetles) and Scortizus zischkai (New World Scarab Beetles), a feather-wing beetle Xenopteryx setosus (BHL), a longhorned beetle Colobothea boliviana (Cerambycidae Species), the tarantulas Cyriocosmus perezmilesi (theraphosidae.cz) and Oligoxystre bolivianum (Birdspiders.com), and a land snail Epiphragmophora malkini (BHL).
Many species of orchids are known only from Bolivia including Stenia vasquezii (IOPSE), Encyclia steinbachii (IOPSE), Restrepia vasquezii (flickr), and Sigmatostalix lutzii (IOPSE). Additional endemic species of plants include the Bolivian Mountain Coconut Parajubaea torallyi (PACSOA), the Red Powderpuff Calliandra haematocephala (flickr), Nasa herzogii (NYBG), an iris Mastigostyla torotoroensis (Kew), Peltaea chiquitana (Cerrados de Bolivia), Zamia boliviana (Cycad Pages), Solanum achacachense (p. 19 of Proinpa pdf file), the bromeliads Puya weddelliana (Mario Giorgetta) and Tillandsia samaipatensis (flickr), and Polylepis neglecta (ARKive). Plant genera unique to Bolivia include Izozogia (Field Museum), an orchid Scelochiloides (IOPSE), the cacti Samaipaticereus (flickr) and Yungasocereus (CactiGuide.com), Cardenasiodendron (Kew), Protoschwenkia (JSTOR), a grass Gerritea (BioStor), Recordia (Tropicos), Boelckea (JSTOR), the blueberries Polyclita (NYBG) and Rusbya (JSTOR), and a legume Steinbachiella (Cerrados de Bolivia). A list of the over 2300 species of endemic Bolivian plants can be generated at (Tropicos).
Portions of Bolivia are part of the Tropical Andes (CEPF) and Cerrado (CEPF) biodiversity hotspots. Lake Titicaca (FEOW) has many unique freshwater species.