Craugastor stejnegerianus (Cope, 1893)

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

Hylodes stejnegerianus Cope, 1893, Proc. Am. Philos. Soc., 31: 338. Holotype: "No. 295" in Museo Nacional de Costa Rica; now presumed lost. Type locality: "Palmar", Provincia Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

Eleutherodactylus stejnegerianusStejneger, 1904, Annu. Rep. U.S. Natl. Mus. for 1902: 582-583, by implication; Lynch, 1965, Nat. Hist. Misc., 182: 7.

Microbatrachylus stejnegerianusTaylor, 1952, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 35: 676.

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

Craugastor stejnegerianusCrawford 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: 361.

Craugastor (Craugastor) stejnegerianusHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 41.

English Names

Stejneger's Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 79).

Stejneger's Flesh-bellied Frog (Cossel, Twining, Di Stefano, O’Brien, Reich, and Sandoval-Alanis, 2019, Herpetol. Conserv. Biol., 14: 237). 


Humid lowlands on the Pacific versant of western Panama and Costa Rica, on the Meseta Central Occidental, and in gallery forests in the subhumid northwest and peripherally on the Atlantic lowlands near Laguna Arenal, 3–1330 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Costa Rica, Panama


Removed from the synonymy of Eleutherodactylus bransfordii by Miyamoto, 1983, Syst. Zool., 32: 43-51. See comment under Eleutherodactylus bransfordii. In the Eleutherodactylus (Craugastor) rhodopis group according to Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 233. See account by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 261–262, who included this species in his Eleutherodactylus rhodopis series, Eleutherodactylus rhodopis group. In the Craugastor rhodopis species series, Craugastor podiciferus species group of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 41, 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. Premontane populations of Costa Rica and Panama referred to Craugastor gabbi by Arias, Chaves, Crawford, and Parra-Olea, 2016, Zootaxa, 4132: 347–363. Twining and Cossel, 2017, Mesoam. Herpetol., 4: 129–136, and Cossel, Twining, Di Stefano, O’Brien, Reich, and Sandoval-Alanis, 2019, Herpetol. Conserv. Biol., 14: 235–249, reported on vocalization. 

External links:

Please note: these links will take you to external websites not affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History. We are not responsible for their content.