Eleutherodactylus varleyi Dunn, 1925

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

Eleutherodactylus varleyi Dunn, 1925, Occas. Pap. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist., 5: 163. Holotype: MCZ 10601, by original designation. Type locality: "Soledad, [Cienfuegos Province,] Cuba".

Eleutherodactylus phyzelus Schwartz, 1958, Am. Mus. Novit., 1873: 7. Holotype: AMNH 59832, by original designation. Type locality: "4.4 miles northwest of San Vicente, on road between San Vicente and Puerto Esperanza, Pinar del Río Province, Cuba". Synonymy by Schwartz, 1964, Breviora, 208: 9.

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

Euhyas varleyiFrost, 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

Varley's Robber Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 80).

Western Cuba Grassfrog (Hedges, Powell, Henderson, Hanson, and Murphy, 2019, Caribb. Herpetol., 67: 12).


Western Sancti Spiritus Province and to the west in Cuba as well as the Isla de Juventud, sea level to 900 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Cuba

Endemic: Cuba


In the Eleutherodactylus varleyi group, according to Schwartz, 1958, Am. Mus. Novit., 1873: 2; Shreve and Williams, 1963, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 129: 339; and Hedges, 1989, in Woods (ed.), Biogeograph. W. Indies: 325. In the Eleutherodactylus (Euhyas) unassigned to species group according to Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 234. Díaz and Cádiz, 2007, Herpetotropicos, Mérida, 3: 100–122, reported on the advertisement call. In the Eleutherodactylus (Euhyas) planirostris species series, Eleutherodactylus gundlachi species group of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 79-80, and of Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 131.Díaz and Cádiz, 2008, Guía Taxon. Anf. Cuba: 68-69, provided a brief account, illustration, and map. Díaz, Hedges, and Schmid, 2012, Zootaxa, 3220: 44-60, redelimited the species by partitioning out Eleutherodactylus feichtingeri and noted another cryptic species hiding under this name in Artemesia Province, Cuba. Henderson and Powell, 2009, Nat. Hist. Rept. Amph. W. Indies: 81, summarized the natural history literature.

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