Craugastor rayo (Savage and DeWeese, 1979)

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

Eleutherodactylus rayo Savage and DeWeese, 1979, Bull. S. California Acad. Sci., 78: 107. Holotype: LACM 127669, by original designation. Type locality: "second sabana on the trail from Finca El Helechales to Sabanas Esperanza, 5 km, airline, east of Finca El Helechales, Canton de Buenos Aires, Provincia Puntarenas, Costa Rica, 1640 m."

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

Craugastor rayoCrawford 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) rayoHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 37.

English Names

Sabana Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 78).


Rainforests of the upper portion of the premontane and lower portion of the lower montane slope of the Pacific face of the Cordillera de Talamanca of southwestern Costa Rica, 1600–1850 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Costa Rica

Endemic: Costa Rica


In the Eleutherodactylus (Craugastor) fitzingeri group according to Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 231. See account by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 243-244, who included this species in his Eleutherodactylus fitzingeri series, Eleutherodactylus fitzingeri group. In the Craugastor fitzingeri series, Craugastor melanostictus species group of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 37, and of Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 123. 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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