Craugastor hobartsmithi (Taylor, 1937)

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

Eleutherodactylus hobartsmithi Taylor, 1937 "1936", Trans. Kansas Acad. Sci., 39: 355. Holotype: EHT-HMS 3688, by original designation; now FMNH 100114 according to Marx, 1976, Fieldiana, Zool., 69: 48. Type locality: "near Uruapan, Michoacan", Mexico.

Microbatrachylus hobartsmithiTaylor, 1940 "1939", Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 26: 501.

Eleutherodactylus hobartsmithiLynch, 1965, Nat. Hist. Misc., 182: 8.

Eleutherodactylus (Craugastor) hobartsmithiHedges, 1989, in Woods (ed.), Biogeograph. W. Indies: 317, by implication.

Craugastor hobartsmithiCrawford 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) hobartsmithiHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 39.

English Names

Smith's Pygmy Robber Frog (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 19).

Smith's Pigmy Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 75).

Smith's Pigmy Tropical Frog (Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 10).


Tropical-deciduous forest to pine-oak woodland on the southwestern part of the Mexican Plateau from Sinaloa, Nayarit, and Jalisco to Michoacan and the state of Mexico, Mexico. See comment regarding possible cryptic species. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


In the Eleutherodactylus (Craugastor) rhodopis group of Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 226. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 304. In the Craugastor (Craugastor) mexicanus species series of Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 123. See account by Jameson, Streicher, Manuelli, Head, and Smith, 2022, Herpetol. Monogr., 36: 25–27, who placed this in their Craugastor mexicanus series and redelimited the species, as well as providing descriptive morphology, morphometrics, and molecular markers, and who noted literature where Craugastor pygmaeus had been confused with this species and that records outside of Michoacán (Jalisco, Nayarit, Michoacán, Guerrero, and Sinaloa) should be referred to Craugastor cf. hobartsmithi, pending further investigation. Loc-Barragán, Smith, Woolrich-Piña, and Lemos-Espinal, 2024, Herpetozoa, Wien, 37: 30, reported on the distributional and conservation status in the state of Nayarit, Mexico.  

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