Craugastor laticeps (Duméril, 1853)

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

Hylodes laticeps Duméril, 1853, Ann. Sci. Nat., Paris, Ser. 3, 19: 178. Holotype: MNHNP 509, according to Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 106; Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 28. Type locality: "Yucatan", Mexico; restricted to "Champotón, Campeche", Mexico, by Firschein, 1951, Copeia, 1951: 268, who discussed the collector's travels; actually probably from near Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala according to Savage, 1987, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 33: 23.

Epirhexis laticepsCope, 1887, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 32: 17.

Eleutherodactylus laticepsStejneger, 1904, Annu. Rep. U.S. Natl. Mus. for 1902: 582-583, by implication; Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 93.

Eleutherodactylus stantoni Schmidt, 1941, Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ., Zool. Ser., 22: 483. Holotype: UMMZ 80673, by original designation and according to Peters, 1952, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 539: 14. Type locality: "Valentin, British Honduras [= Belize]". Synonymy by Neill, 1965, Bull. Florida State Mus., Biol. Sci., 9: 85; and Savage, 1987, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 33: 23.

Eleutherodactylus werleri Lynch and Fritts, 1965, Trans. Illinois State Acad. Sci., 58: 46-49. Holotype: UIMNH 42987, by original designation. Type locality: "east slope of Volcan San Martin Pajapan at 4,000 feet elevation, Veracruz, Mexico". Synonymy by Savage, 1987, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 33: 19, 23.

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

Craugastor laticepsCrawford 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) laticepsHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 38.

English Names

Broad-headed Cave Frog (Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 106).

Broadhead Rain Frog (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 19).

Broad-headed Rain Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 76).

Broadheaded Rainfrog (Lee, 1996, Amph. Rept. Yucatan Peninsula: 61).

Broadhead Rainfrog (Lee, 2000, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Maya World: 65).

Broad-headed Rainfrog (Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 10).

Broad-headed Leaf-litter Frog (Campbell, 1998, Amph. Rept. N. Guatemala Yucatan Belize: 53).


Atlantic premontane slopes and some immediatley adjacent lowland sites from the Sierra de Los Tuxtlas in southern Veracruz, Mexico, through the base of the Yucatan Peninsula through northern Guatemala and to the Maya Mountains of Belize to western and northern Honduras, near sea level to 1600 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico


See comment under Eleutherodactylus rostralis. See account by Savage, 1987, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 33: 19–25, who discussed the synonymy, and who placed this species to be in his more restrictive Eleutherodactylus gollmeri group. In the Eleutherodactylus (Craugastor) gollmeri group of Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 227. See accounts by Lee, 1996, Amph. Rept. Yucatan Peninsula: 61–62, Campbell, 1998, Amph. Rept. N. Guatemala Yucatan Belize: 53; Lee, 2000, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Maya World: 65-67; and McCranie and Wilson, 2002, Amph. Honduras: 399–403 (who noted the likelihood of cryptic species within this complex). McCranie, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 37, summarized the departmental distribution in Honduras. In the Craugastor laticeps species series of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 38. In the subgenus Craugastor but not assigned to species series by 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: 619. 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.

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