Eleutherodactylus jamaicensis Barbour, 1910

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

Eleutherodactylus jamaicensis Barbour, 1910, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 52: 287. Syntypes: MCZ 2512 (5 specimens), by original designation; BMNH 1947.2.15.85 (originally 1912.9.4.8) considered a syntype by BMNH records, presumably on exchange from MCZ but this needs to be confirmed (DRF). Type locality: "Mandeville, [Manchester Parish,] Jamaica".

Hylodes jamaicensisNieden, 1923, Das Tierreich, 46: 422.

Eleutherodactylus (Euhyas) jamaicensisHedges, 1990 "1989", Caribb. J. Sci., 25: 123–147; Hedges, 1989, in Woods (ed.), Biogeograph. W. Indies: 322; Heinicke, Duellman, and Hedges, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., 104: Table 2.

Euhyas jamaicensisFrost, 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

Jamaica Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 76).

Jamaican Bromeliad Frog (Hedges, Powell, Henderson, Hanson, and Murphy, 2019, Caribb. Herpetol., 67: 11). 


Widespread in interior areas of Jamaica, 120–1290 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Jamaica

Endemic: Jamaica


Schwartz, 1969, Stud. Fauna Curaçao and other Caribb. Is., 30: 99-115, noted that this is the sole Jamaican species that might be associated with the Eleutherodactylus auriculatus group. Placed in the Eleutherodactylus gossei group by Schwartz and Fowler, 1973, Stud. Fauna Curaçao and other Caribb. Is., 43: 135; further discussed by Crombie, 1977, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 90: 194-204, who removed it from the Eleutherodactylus gossei group and erected the monotypic Eleutherodactylus jamaicensis group (this group continued by Hedges, 1989, in Woods (ed.), Biogeograph. W. Indies: 322, within his Eleutherodactylus (Euhyas) luteolus series). In the Eleutherodactylus (Euhyas) jamaicensis group of Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 226. In the Eleutherodactylus (Euhyas) luteolus species series, Eleutherodactylus luteolus species group, monotypic Eleutherodactylus jamaicensis species subgroup of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 72. In the Eleutherodactylus (Euhyas) luteolus species series, Eleutherodactylus luteolus species group of Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 130. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 349. Henderson and Powell, 2009, Nat. Hist. Rept. Amph. W. Indies: 58, summarized the natural history literature.

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