Eleutherodactylus guttilatus (Cope, 1879)

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

Malachylodes guttilatus Cope, 1879, Proc. Am. Philos. Soc., 18: 264. Holotype: USNM 9888 according to Cochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 66. Type locality: "Guanajuato", Mexico".

Syrrhopus guttulatusBoulenger, 1888, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1888: 206. Incorrect subsequent spelling of species name.

Syrrhaphus guttulatusGünther, 1900, Biol. Centr. Amer., Rept. Batr., Vol. 7, Part 155: 217; Díaz de León, 1904, Indice Batr. Encuent. Rep. Mex.: 11. Incorrect subsequent spelling of generic name.

Syrrhophus guttilatusNieden, 1923, Das Tierreich, 46: 399–400; Smith and Taylor, 1948, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 194: 51.

Syrrhophus smithi Taylor, 1940, Proc. U.S. Natl. Mus., 89: 43. Holotype: USNM 108594, by original designation. Type locality: "15 miles west of Galeana, Nuevo León, Mexico; elevation 5,200 feet". Synonymy by Lynch, 1970, Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist., 20: 22.

Syrrhophus gaigeae Schmidt and Smith, 1944, Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ., Zool. Ser., 29: 80. Holotype: FMNH 27361, by original designation. Type locality: "the Basin, Chisos Mountains, Brewster County., Texas", USA. Synonymy with Syrrhophus marnocki by Milstead, Mecham, and McClintock, 1950, Texas J. Sci., 2: 543–562. Synonymy with Syrrhophus guttilatus by Lynch, 1970, Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist., 20: 22–23. Synonymy with Syrrhophus marnocki continued by Morafka, 1977, Biogeographica, Hague, 9: 69.

Syrrhophus petrophilus Firschein, 1954, Copeia, 1954: 50. Holotype: UIMNH 7807, by original designation. Type locality: "mountains (Sierra San Miguelito) 3 miles southwest of San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí", Mexico. Synonymy by Lynch, 1970, Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist., 20: 22–23. Considered a replacement name, in error, for Syrrhophus gaigeae Schmidt and Smith, 1944, by Lynch, 1996, J. Herpetol., 30: 279.

Eleutherodactylus smithiMyers, 1962, Copeia, 1962: 198, by implication.

Eleutherodactylus petrophilusMyers, 1962, Copeia, 1962: 198, by implication.

Eleutherodactylus guttilatusMyers, 1962, Copeia, 1962: 198, by implication.

Eleutherodactylus (Syrrhophus) guttilatusHedges, 1989, in Woods (ed.), Biogeograph. W. Indies: 318–319; Heinicke, Duellman, and Hedges, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., 104: Table 2.

Syrrhophus guttilatusFrost, 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: 362.

English Names

Mexican Cliff Frog (Conant, 1975, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am., Ed. 2: 304).

Spotted Chirping Frog (Collins, Huheey, Knight, and Smith, 1978, Herpetol. Circ., 7: 13; Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 19; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 75; Collins, 1997, Herpetol. Circ., 25: 12; Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 9; Frost, McDiarmid, and Mendelson, 2008, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 37: 5; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 24; Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 7; Frost, McDiarmid, Mendelson, and Green, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 14; Frost, Lemmon, McDiarmid, and Mendelson, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 10).


Moderate to intermediate elevations (600–2000 m) along the Sierra Madre Oriental from the Davis Mountain region of West Texas (USA) south through Coahuila, Nuevo León, Queretaro, and San Luis Potosí to central Durango and Guanajuato (Mexico).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico, United States of America, United States of America - Texas


In the Eleutherodactylus (Syrrhophus) marnockii group, Eleutherodactylus longipes series of Hedges, 1989, in Woods (ed.), Biogeograph. W. Indies: 318–319. In the Eleutherodactylus (Syrrhophus) marnocki group of Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 225. Considered a synonym of Syrrhophus marnocki by Milstead, Mecham, and McClintock, 1950, Texas J. Sci., 2: 543–562, and Morafka, 1977, Biogeographica, Hague, 9: 69; this synonymy has not been generally accepted, although no one has disputed Morafka's contention of having collected intermediate specimens in the Sierra de Agava east of Monclova, Nuevo León, Mexico. Bryson and Mueller, 2002, Herpetol. Rev., 33: 229, reported the species for the Davis Mountains, Texas, USA. In the Eleutherodactylus (Syrrhophus) longipes species series, Eleutherodactylus guttilatus species group of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 91, and of Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 131. Lemos-Espinal, 2007, Anf. Rept. Chihuahua Mexico: 52–53, provided an account (as Syrrhophus marnockii, with discussion of the issue) for Chihuahua, Mexico.  Lemos-Espinal and Smith, 2007, Anf. Rept. Coahuila México: 49–50, provided an account (as Syrrophus guttilatus) for Coahuila, Mexico. Lemos-Espinal and Dixon, 2013, Amphibians and Reptiles of San Luis Potosí: 47, provided an account for San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Wallace, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 496–497, and  Dodd, 2013, Frogs U.S. and Canada, 1: 199–201, provided account that summarized the literature of the species. Elliot, Gerhardt, and Davidson, 2009, Frogs and Toads of N. Am.: 292–293, provided an account, photos, and advertisement call. In the Eleutherodactylus (Syrrhophus) longipes clade of Hernández-Austria, García-Vázquez, Grünwald, and Parra-Olea, 2022, Syst. Biodiversity, 20 (1: 2014597): 1–20, who reported on molecular phylogenetics. Tepos-Ramírez, Garduño-Fonseca, Peralta-Robles, García-Rubio, and Cervantes Jiménez, 2023, Check List, 19: 269–292, discussed the distribution and conservation status of the species in Queretaro, Mexico. Bassett, 2023, Reptiles & Amphibians, 30(e18486): 1–18, provided an updated county distribution map for Texas, USA. Hernández-Austria, García-Castillo, and Parra-Olea, 2024, Zootaxa, 5471: 433–450, discussed the molecular phylogenetics of the species and provided a dot map of part of the distribution in eastern Mexico.     

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