Craugastor pelorus (Campbell and Savage, 2000)

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

Eleutherodactylus pelorus Campbell and Savage, 2000, Herpetol. Monogr., 14: 218. Holotype: KU 171218. Type locality: "2.7 km N Solosuchiapa, ca. 400 m, Chiapas, Mexico. This site lies in premontane Wet Forest at about 17° 27′ N, 93° 03′ W."

Craugastor pelorusCrawford 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) pelorusHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 41.

English Names

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


Caribbean slopes of northern Chiapas and Tabasco, Mexico, where it is known from along the small, upper tributaries that drain into the lower Río Grijalva and Río Usumacinta, 400–1700 m elevation in cloud forest.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


In the Eleutherodactylus rugulosus group according to the original publication. 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. In the Craugastor (Craugastorpunctariolus species series of Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 123. Couto, Macara Madeira, Hernández-Ordóñez, Reynoso-Rosales, and Rosa, 2023, Diversity, 15 (189): 1-5, reported cave-dwelling populations in Chiapas and Tabasco, Mexico. 

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