Diasporus Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Brachycephaloidea > Family: Eleutherodactylidae > Subfamily: Eleutherodactylinae > Genus: Diasporus
17 species

Diasporus Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 47. Type species: Lithodytes diastema Cope, 1875 "1876", by original designation.

English Names

Dink Frogs (Chaves, García-Rodríguez, Mora, and Leal, 2009, Zootaxa, 2088: 1).


Extreme eastern Honduras south along the Atlantic coastal plain of Nicaragua to Costa Rica (on both coasts) thence east to the western Colombia and northwestern Ecuador.


All members of this taxon were former members of the Eleutherodactylus diastema group. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their molecular study, confirmed the sister-taxon relationship of Diasporus and Eleutherodactylus. Hertz, Hauenschild, Lotzkat, and Köhler, 2012, ZooKeys, 196: 23-46, provided an identification key to the species of Central America as well as a preliminary phylogenetic tree. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 140–191, provided a key to the species of Diasporus in Central America and provided maps and photographs of the species. Batista, Köhler, Mebert, Hertz, and Veselý, 2016, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 178: 267–311, reviewed the species of eastern Panama and provided a key to all species in the genus. Ospina-Sarria, Velásquez-Trujillo, Castaño Saavedra, Castillo, and Bolívar-García, 2022, PeerJ, 10(e12765): 1–21, provided a molecular tree of the species within the genus and a discussion of morphological characters previously considered synapomorphic for and within the group. 

Contained taxa (17 sp.):

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