Eleutherodactylus atkinsi Dunn, 1925

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Brachycephaloidea > Family: Eleutherodactylidae > Subfamily: Eleutherodactylinae > Genus: Eleutherodactylus > Species: Eleutherodactylus atkinsi

Eleutherodactylus atkinsi Dunn, 1925, Occas. Pap. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist., 5: 165. Holotype: MCZ 10587, by original designation. Type locality: "Colonia Guabairo, near Cienfuegos, [Cienfuegos Province,] Cuba". Rendered as "Near Soledad, Cienfuegos, Cuba" by Barbour and Loveridge, 1929, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 69: 256.

Eleutherodactylus atkinsi orientalis Barbour and Shreve, 1937, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 80: 392. Holotype: MCZ 22158, by original designation. Type locality: "Upper Ovando River, 1000–1200 feet, Oriente [Province; now Guantánamo Province], Cuba".

Eleutherodactylus atkinsi atkinsiBarbour and Shreve, 1937, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 80: 392.

Eleutherodactylus (Euhyas) atkinsiHedges, 1989, in Woods (ed.), Biogeograph. W. Indies: 325; Heinicke, Duellman, and Hedges, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., 104: Table 2.

Eleutherodactylus (Euhyas) atkinsi estradaiHedges, 1989, in Woods (ed.), Biogeograph. W. Indies: 325, by implication.

Eleutherodactylus atkinsi estradai Lynch, 1991, Copeia, 1991: 1138. Replacement name for Eleutherodactylus atkinsi orientalis Barbour and Shreve, 1937, which is a preoccupied secondary homonym of Sminthillus limbatus orientalis Barbour and Shreve, 1937 (= Eleutherodactylus orientalis).

Eleutherodactylus (Euhyas) estradaiLynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 223. Unintended combination.

Euhyas atkinsiFrost, 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; Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 433.

English Names

Atkins' Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 72).

Cuban Groin-spotted Frog (Hedges, Powell, Henderson, Hanson, and Murphy, 2019, Caribb. Herpetol., 67: 9). 


Widespread in Cuba and the Isla de Juventud (Isla de Pinos), sea leve to 1212 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Cuba

Endemic: Cuba


In the Eleutherodactylus ricordii group, according to Schwartz, 1958, Am. Mus. Novit., 1873: 2; two subspecies recognized. Not assignable to species group according to Hedges, 1989, in Woods (ed.), Biogeograph. W. Indies: 325. In the Eleutherodactylus (Euhyas) ricordii group according to Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 220. See Eleutherodactylus estradaiDíaz and Cádiz, 2007, Herpetotropicos, Mérida, 3: 100–122, reported on the advertisement call. In the Eleutherodactylus (Euhyas) planirostris species series, monotypic Eleutherodactylus atkinsi species group of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 78, and of Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 131. Díaz and Cádiz, 2008, Guía Taxon. Anf. Cuba: 82–83, provided a brief account, illustration, and map. Henderson and Powell, 2009, Nat. Hist. Rept. Amph. W. Indies: 37, summarized the natural history literature. Rivalta González, Rodríguez Schettino, Mancina, and Iturriaga, 2014, Smithson. Herpetol. Inform. Serv., 145: 22–23, provided a dot map and localities. Rodriguez, Börner, Pabijan, Gehara, Haddad, and Vences, 2015, Evol. Ecol., 29: 765–785 (and supplemental data), reported on phylogeographic diversity and its causes.

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