Eleutherodactylus cochranae Grant, 1932

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

Eleutherodactylus cochranae Grant, 1932, J. Dept. Agr. Puerto Rico, 16: 325. Holotype: Peters, 1952, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 539: 13, considered the holotype to be an unidentifiable one of 106 specimens under the lot number UMMZ 73477; Kluge, 1983, Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 166: 32, argued that the recatalogued specimen, UMMZ 172576, is the holotype. MCZ 18603-21 regarded (in error) as syntypes by Barbour and Loveridge, 1946, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 96: 105. Type locality: "St. John Island", U.S. Virgin Islands; the UMMZ types all bear the datum "Hassel I., nr. St. Thomas".

Eleutherodactylus ramosi Rivero, 1959, Breviora, 103: 2. Holotype: MCZ 30428, by original designation. Type locality: "Cambalache Forests, n. Puerto Rico". Synonymy by Joglar and Rivero, 1986, Caribb. J. Sci., 22: 123.

Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) cochranaeHedges, 1989, in Woods (ed.), Biogeograph. W. Indies: 327; Heinicke, Duellman, and Hedges, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., 104: 9.

English Names

Cochran's Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 73).

Puerto Rican Whistling Frog (Hedges, Powell, Henderson, Hanson, and Murphy, 2019, Caribb. Herpetol., 67: 10). 


The Puerto Rico Bank; scattered localities in Puerto Rico as well as the islands of Vieques, Culebra, Hassel, Bovoni Cay near St. Thomas, St. John, and Tortola, 0–521 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S.


In the Eleutherodactylus auriculatus group, according to Schwartz, 1969, Stud. Fauna Curaçao and other Caribb. Is., 30: 108. Rivero, 1963, Caribb. J. Sci., 3: 81–85, discussed relationships with Eleutherodactylus locustus and distribution of species in Puerto Rico. See comment under Eleutherodactylus ramosi. In the Eleutherodactylus auriculatus section, Eleutherodactylus martinicensis series, unassigned to species group, according to Hedges, 1989, in Woods (ed.), Biogeograph. W. Indies: 327. In the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) martinicensis series, Eleutherodactylus martinicensis group of Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 222. In the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) martinicensis species series, Eleutherodactylus antillensis species group, Eleutherodactylus antillensis species subgroup of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 57. In the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) antillensis species series, Eleutherodactylus antillensis species group of Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 129. Henderson and Powell, 2009, Nat. Hist. Rept. Amph. W. Indies: 41–42, summarized the natural history literature.

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