Craugastor noblei (Barbour and Dunn, 1921)

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

Eleutherodactylus noblei Barbour and Dunn, 1921, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 34: 161. Holotype: MCZ 7827, by original designation. Type locality: "Guápiles, [Cantón Pococi, Provincia Limón,] Costa Rica". Savage, 1974, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 22: 92, commented on the type locality.

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

Craugastor nobleiCrawford 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) nobleiHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 38.

English Names

Noble's Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 77).


Lowland and premontane evergreen forests from extreme eastern Honduras, south on the Atlantic versant through Nicaragua and Costa Rica, onto both slopes in central Panama, west of the Canal; also in the lower portion of the premontane zone of southwestern Costa Rica (4–1200 m).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama


See account by Savage, 1987, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 33: 16–17, who included it 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: 229. See accounts by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 247–248 (who included this species in his Eleutherodactylus fitzingeri series, Eleutherodactylus gollmeri group), and McCranie and Wilson, 2002, Amph. Honduras: 416–418 (who suggested that the Nombre de Dios population in Honduras might represent a distinct species). 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 comments by Sunyer, Páiz, Dehling, and Köhler, 2009, Herpetol. Notes, 2: 189–202, regarding Nicaraguan populations. 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. Salazar-Zúñiga and García-Rodríguez, 2014, Phyllomedusa, 13: 67–70, reported on the advertisement call. Martínez-Fonseca, Holmes, Sunyer, Westeen, Grundler, Cerda, Fernández-Mena, Loza-Molina, Monagan, Nondorf, Pandelis, and Rabosky, 2024, Check List, 20: 67–68, provided a record from Refugio Bartola, Departamento Río San Juan, Nicaragua, 60 m elevation. 

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