Craugastor berkenbuschii (Peters, 1870)

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

Hylodes berkenbuschii Peters, 1870 "1869", Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1869: 879. Holotype: ZMB 6666 according to Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 117. Type locality: "wareren Gegenden Mexicos (Matamoros u. a. o.)" = warmer parts of Mexico (Matamoros and other areas); stated to be "probably near [Izucar de] Matamoros", Puebla, Mexico, by Smith and Taylor, 1948, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 194: 65; restricted to "Matamoros (Izucar)", Puebla, Mexico by Smith and Taylor, 1950, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 33: 341. Campbell and Savage, 2000, Herpetol. Monogr., 14: 202, have disputed this restriction, noting that the species does not occur at Matamoros, otherwise being found only on the Atlantic versant in the state of Puebla.

Liohyla berkenbuschiGünther, 1900, Biol. Centr. Amer., Vol. 7, Rept. Batr., Part 156: 225.

Eleutherodactylus berkenbuschiiStejneger, 1904, Annu. Rep. U.S. Natl. Mus. for 1902: 582-583, by implication; Savage and DeWeese, 1979, Bull. S. California Acad. Sci., 78: 113-114.

Eleutherodactylus natator Taylor, 1939 "1938", Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 25: 394. Holotype: EHT 6373, by original designation; now FMNH 100014 according to Marx, 1976, Fieldiana, Zool., 69: 49. Type locality: "Tlilapam [= Cuautlapam], Veracruz", Mexico. Synonymy with Eleutherodactylus rugulosus (sensu lato) by Lynch, 1965, Herpetologica, 21: 111. Synonymy with Eleutherodactylus berkenbuschii by Savage and DeWeese, 1979, Bull. S. California Acad. Sci., 78: 114.

Eleutherodactylus rugulosus natatorLynch, 1965, Herpetologica, 21: 111.

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

Craugastor berkenbuschiiCrawford 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) berkenbuschiiHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 41.

Craugastor berkenbuchiiLiner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 9. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

English Names

Berkenbusch's Robber Frog (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 19; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 72).

Berkenbusch's Stream Frog (Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 9).


Atlantic slopes of southern San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo, Puebla, Veracruz,, Tabasco, and northern Oaxaca north of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico, at about 400-1900 m in premontane and lower montane wet forest.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


Removed from the synonymy of Eleutherodactylus rugulosus by Savage and DeWeese, 1979, Bull. S. California Acad. Sci., 78: 114. Reviewed (as Eleutherodactylus rugulosus) by Savage, 1975, Copeia, 1975: 270. See comment under Eleutherodactylus brocchi. In the Eleutherodactylus (Craugastor) rugulosus group according to Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 220. Campbell and Savage, 2000, Herpetol. Monogr., 14: 199-204, provided an account and implied that the Sierra Mixe population of northern Oaxaca might in the future be recognized as a distinct taxon. Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 226, 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 Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 123. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 618. Torrez-Pérez and Barragán-Vazquez, 2009, Herpetol. Rev., 40: 445, provided a record for Tabasco, Mexico. Lemos-Espinal and Dixon, 2013, Amphibians and Reptiles of San Luis Potosí: 42-43, provided an account for San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Lemos-Espinal and Smith, 2015, Check List, 11(1642): 1–11, noted the occurrence of the species in Hidalgo, Mexico. Lemos-Espinal and Dixon, 2016, Amph. Rept. Hidalgo: 360–361, provided a brief account and map for Hidalgo, Mexico. 

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