Discoglossus sardus Tschudi, 1837

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Alytidae > Genus: Discoglossus > Species: Discoglossus sardus

Discoglossus sardus Tschudi In Otth, 1837, Neue Denkschr. Allg. Schweiz. Ges. Naturwiss., 1: 8. Type(s): Not designated although presumably originally in MHNN or MZUT. Type locality: "Sardinien, wahrescheinlich auch die übrigen mediterranischen Länder".

Pseudis sardoa Gené, 1839, Mem. Accad. Sci. Torino, Ser. 2, 1: 278. Types(s): Not designated, presumably MZUT. Type locality: "insulae Sancti Petri, Gallurae, Baragiarum, Ollastrae, etc." Synonymy by Bonaparte, 1839, Iconograph. Fauna Ital., 2 (Fasc. 24): 123; Leydig, 1867, Arch. Naturgesch., 33: 168; Bonaparte, 1840, Mem. Accad. Sci. Torino, Ser. 2, 2: 445; Schulze, 1891, Jahresber. Abhandl. Naturwiss. Ver. Magdeburg, 1890: 174.

Rana sardusTschudi, 1838, Classif. Batr.: 80. Name attributed to Gené, presumably with reference to museum jar labels.

Rana sardoaDuméril and Bibron, 1841, Erp. Gen., 6: 426.

Pseudes sardusLeunis, 1844, Synops. Drei Naturr., Zool., Ed. 1: 146; Leunis, 1860, Synops. Drei Naturr., Zool., Ed. 2: 146.

Discoglossus pictus var. sardoaGünther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 36.

Discoglossus sardousBoscá, 1877, An. Soc. Esp. Hist. Nat., 6: 63. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Discoglossus pictus var. sardoaBoettger, 1883, Rept. Amph. Marocco: 45.

Discoglossus pictus var. sardusCamerano, 1884 "1883", Mem. Accad. Sci. Torino, Ser. 2, 35: 208; Schreiber, 1912, Herpetol. Eur., Ed. 2: 184.

Discoglossus pictus sardusMertens and Müller, 1928, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 41: 15.

Discoglossus sardusKnoepffler, 1961, Coll. Internatn. CNRS: 159; Lanza, Cei, and Crespo, 1975, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 9: 153. 

English Names

Tyrrhenian Painted Frog (Arnold and Burton, 1978, Field Guide Rept. Amph. Brit. Eur.: 62; Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 51; Stumpel-Rienks, 1992, Ergänzungsband Handbuch Rept. Amph. Eur., Trivialnamen der Herpetofauna Eur.: 48; Arnold, 2002, Rept. Amph. Eur., Ed. 2: 63).

Sardinia Painted Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 51).


Sardinia, Giglio, and Monte Cristo (Italy); Iles d'Hyeres and Corsica (France).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: France, Italy


 Lanza, Cei, and Crespo, 1975, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 9: 153–162, provided immunological evidence for the species distinctiveness of Discoglossus pictus and Discoglossus sardus. See Clarke and Lanza, 1990, Boll. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 8: 531–544, for ecological and morphological comparison with Discoglossus montalentii in Corsica. See also account by Delaguerre and Cheylan, 1992, Atlas Repart. Batr. Rept. Corse: 29-30. Nöllert and Nöllert, 1992, Die Amph. Eur.: 269-270, provided an account and polygon map. Glaw and Vences, 1991, Amphibia-Reptilia, 12: 385–394, described and discussed the advertisement call. Veith and Martens, 1997, in Gasc et al. (eds.), Atlas Amph. Rept. Eur.: 106-107, discussed relevant literature and distribution, noting extensive confusion with Discoglossus sardus. Lanza, 1983, Guide Reconoscimento Spec. Animali, Anf. Rett.: 91–93, reported on the Italian populations. Púgener and Maglia, 1997, J. Morphol., 233: 267–286, reported on osteology and skeletal development. Arnold, 2002, Rept. Amph. Eur., Ed. 2: 63, provided a brief account, figure, and map. See detailed account by Capula, 2007, in Lanza et al. (eds.), Fauna d'Italia, 42 (Amph.): 318–323. Speybroeck, Beukema, Bok, and Van Der Voort, 2016, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Brit. Eur.: 130–131, provided a brief account and distribution map. See Dufresnes, 2019, Amph. Eur., N. Afr., & Middle East: 40, for brief summary of identifying morphology and biology as well as a range map and photograph. Corti, Biaggini, Nulchis, Cogoni, Cossu, Frau, Mulargia, Lunghi, and Bassu, 2022, Acta Herpetol., Firenze, 17: 125–133, reported on the range in Sardinia.  

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