Eleutherodactylus nitidus (Peters, 1870)

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

Liuperus nitidus Peters, 1870 "1869", Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1869: 878–879. Holotype: ZMB 6669 according to Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 121. Type locality: "wareren Gegenden Mexicos (Matamoros u.a.o.)" = warmer parts of Mexico (Matamoros and other areas); rendered as "State of Puebla, Mexico, possibly from the vicinity of Matamoros" by Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 121; probably near Matamoros [Puebla, Mexico] according to Smith and Taylor, 1948, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 194: 49.

Leiuperus nitidusBrocchi, 1881, Miss. Scient. Mex. Amer. Centr., Rech. Zool., 3(2, livr. 1): 23.

Paludicola nitidaBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 237.

Tomodactylus amulae Günther, 1900, Biol. Centr. Amer., Rept. Batr., Vol. 7, Part 155: 219. Syntypes: BMNH 1901.12.19.9–12 according to Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 121, now renumbered 1947.2.18.29–32 according to museum records. Type locality: "Mexico, Amula in Guerrero". Synonymy by Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 121; Dixon, 1957, Texas J. Sci., 9: 385.

Tomodactylus nitidusParker, 1927, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 9, 20: 451; Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 120–123.

Tomodactylus nitidus nitidusDixon, 1957, Texas J. Sci., 9: 385.

Eleutherodactylus (Syrrhophus) nitidusHedges, 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 nitidusFrost, 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.

Euhyas nitida — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 433.

English Names

Shiny Peeping Frog (Syrrhophus nitidus: Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 20; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 77; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 24).

Shiny Peeping Frog (Syrrhophus nitidus nitidus: Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 20; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 24).

Shiny Whistling Frog (Grünwald, Reyes-Velasco, Franz-Chávez, Morales-Flores, Ahumada-Carrillo, Rodriguez, and Jones, 2021, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 15(e272): 35). 


Southern Tlaxcala, southern Puebla, Morelos, and southwestern México into northern Guerrero, southern Puebla, and the highlands of Oaxaca, Mexico. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


Literature prior to 2021 should be used with caution given the major redelimitation of species found in Grünwald, Reyes-Velasco, Franz-Chávez, Morales-Flores, Ahumada-Carrillo, Rodriguez, and Jones, 2021, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 15(e272): 1–35, provided key comparative characters (external morphology and advertisement call) for identification of members of their Eleutherodactylus nitidus group, as well as a molecular tree to place the species and who mapped this species as well as named and unnamed lineages formerly covered under this name.

Older literature: Subspecies not recognized (in the sense of including at least Eleutherodactylus petersi) by Lynch, 1991, Copeia, 1991: 1138–1139. In the Eleutherodactylus (Syrrhophus) nitidus group according to Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 229. Mendoza-Quijano, Mejenes-López, Reynoso-Rosales, Estrada-Hernandez, and Rodriguez-Blanco, 2001, Anal. Inst. Biol., Univ. Nac. Aut. Mexico, Ser. Zool., 72: 233–243, provided the record from Guanajuato (Sierra Santa Rosa). In the Eleutherodactylus (Syrrhophus) longipes species series, Eleutherodactylus modestus species group of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 91–92, and of Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 132. McCranie and Wilson, 1984, Herpetol. Rev., 15: 22, provided a record for Aguascalientes, Mexico (which almost surely is assignable to an unnamed species). López-Mejía and Goyenechea, 2012, Herpetol. Rev., 43: 298, provided a record for Hidalgo, Mexico (almost surely assignable to another species), and commented on the range. García-Vázquez and Trujano-Ortega, 2012, Rev. Mexicana Biodiversidad, 83: 856–858, provided records for Tlaxcala and central Puebla, Mexico. García-Padilla and Mata-Silva, 2014, Herpetol. Rev., 45: 468, provided a record for the Municipality of Santa Catarina Lachatao, Oaxaca, Mexico, and briefly discussed the documented range in that state. Grünwald, Reyes-Velasco, Franz-Chávez, Morales-Flores, Ahumada-Carrillo, Jones, and Boissinot, 2018, Mesoam. Herpetol., 5: 69, recognized Eleutherodactylus nitidus orarius as a distinct species, and as part of a discussion noting Eleutherodactylus nitidus as a species complex, commented on the status of Eleutherodactylus nitidus petersi of the Sierra de Coalcomán, Michoacán, Mexico. Lemos-Espinal, Smith, and Valdes-Lares, 2019, Amph. Rept. Durango: 62, provided a brief account for Durango, Mexico (again, assignable to an unnamed species). Lemos-Espinal and Dixon, 2016, Amph. Rept. Hidalgo: 366–367, provided a brief account and map for Hidalgo, Mexico.  Correa-Quezada and Durán, 2019, ZooKeys, 8631–15, commented on the impact of vulcanism in the Trans-Volcanic belt of Mexico on biogeography. In the Eleutherodactylus (Syrrhophus) nitidus clade of Hernández-Austria, García-Vázquez, Grünwald, and Parra-Olea, 2022, Syst. Biodiversity, 20 (1: 2014597): 1–20, who reported on molecular phylogenetics.

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