Diasporus vocator (Taylor, 1955)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Brachycephaloidea > Family: Eleutherodactylidae > Subfamily: Eleutherodactylinae > Genus: Diasporus > Species: Diasporus vocator

Eleutherodactylus vocator Taylor, 1955, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 37: 522. Holotype: KU 37001, by original designation. Type locality: "Agua Buena, [Canton de Golfito,] Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica".

Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) vocatorLynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 234.

Pristimantis vocatorHeinicke, Duellman, and Hedges, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., 104: Table 2.

Diasporus vocatorHedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 47.

English Names

Agua Buena Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 80).


Very humid lowland and premontane areas from southweastern Costa Rica to western Panama on the Pacific versant; Darién, Colombia (see comment). 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama


In the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) martinicensis series, Eleutherodactylus diastema group according to Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 234. See comments under Eleutherodactylus moro and Eleutherodactylus scolodiscus. See Savage, 1974, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 22: 75, for comments on the type locality. Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 274–275, provided an account and placed this species in his Eleutherodactylus martinicensis series, Eleutherodactylus diastema group. Transferred to Diasporus by Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 47. 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. Arias, Chaves, Salazar, Salazar-Zúñiga, and García-Rodríguez, 2019, Zootaxa, 4609: 269–288, discussed the taxonomic problems associated with this species and restricted the range to southeastern Costa Rica and adjacent western Panama, although noting an unnamed species (their Diasporus sp. A) in western Panama. Although Ruiz-Carranza, Ardila-Robayo, and Lynch, 1996, Rev. Acad. Colomb. Cienc. Exact. Fis. Nat., 20: 406, reported the species from Darien, Colombia, but given the uncertainty of the systematics of this species complex the identification should be considered provisional (DRF). 

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