Craugastor angelicus (Savage, 1975)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Brachycephaloidea > Family: Craugastoridae > Genus: Craugastor > Species: Craugastor angelicus

Eleutherodactylus angelicus Savage, 1975, Copeia, 1975: 274. Holotype: LACM 76856, by original designation. Type locality: "Costa Rica: Provincia de Alajuela: Canton de Alajuela: Salto El Angel, 1380 m." Savage, 1974, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 22: 76, commented on the type locality.

Eleutherodactylus (Craugastor) angelicusHedges, 1989, in Woods (ed.), Biogeograph. W. Indies: 317, by implication; Lynch, 1996, in Powell and Henderson (eds.), Contr. W. Indian Herpetol.: 154.

Craugastor angelicusCrawford and Smith, 2005, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 35: 551, by implication; Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 360.

Craugastor (Craugastor) angelicusHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 41.

English Names

Angel Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 72).


Cordillera de Tilarán (1200–1600 m) and northern (600–1700 m) and eastern (900–1400 m) slopes of Volcán Poas in Costa Rica.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Costa Rica

Endemic: Costa Rica


Most closely related to Eleutherodactylus escoces and Eleutherodactylus fleischmanni according to Savage, 1975, Copeia, 1975: 299. In the Eleutherodactylus (Craugastor) rugulosus group according to Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 219. See account by Campbell and Savage, 2000, Herpetol. Monogr., 14: 268-269. See account by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 248–249, who included this species in his Eleutherodactylus fitzingeri series, Eleutherodactylus rugulosus group. In the Craugastor punctariolus species series of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 42, and of Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 123. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 299. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 140–191, provided a key to the genera and species of Brachycephaloidea (= Craugastoridae, Eleutherodactylidae) in Central America and provided maps and photographs of the species, including this one. Kubicki, 2016, Mesoam. Herpetol., 3: 1070–1071, reported on the rediscovery of the species. 

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