Eleutherodactylus wetmorei Cochran, 1932

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

Eleutherodactylus wetmorei Cochran, 1932, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 45: 191. Holotype: USNM 72617, by original designation. Type locality: "Fonds-des-Nègres, [Département du Sud,] Haiti".

Eleutherodactylus auriculatus wetmoreiCochran, 1941, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 177: 74.

Eleutherodactylus varians wetmoreiSchwartz, 1960, Sci. Publ. Reading Public Mus. Art Gallery, 11: 6.

Eleutherodactylus wetmorei wetmoreiSchwartz, 1968, Breviora, 290: 3.

Eleutherodactylus wetmorei ceraemerus Schwartz, 1968, Breviora, 290: 5. Holotype: MCZ 36101, by original designation. Type locality: "Thiotte, Dépt. de l'Ouest, Haiti".

Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) wetmoreiHedges, 1989, in Woods (ed.), Biogeograph. W. Indies: 328; Heinicke, Duellman, and Hedges, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., 104: 10.

Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) ceraemerusLynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 222. Unintended combination.

English Names

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

Tiburon Whistling Frog (Hedges, Powell, Henderson, Hanson, and Murphy, 2019, Caribb. Herpetol., 67: 13).


Tiberon Peninsula (Haiti) east to the Massif de la Selle of southwestern Dominican Republic; also from the Massif du Nord of west-central Dominican Republic west to north-central Haiti, 0–1324 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Dominican Republic, Haiti


In the Eleutherodactylus auriculatus group, according to Shreve and Williams, 1963, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 129: 302-342, and Schwartz, 1969, Stud. Fauna Curaçao and other Caribb. Is., 30: 101. Reviewed by Schwartz, 1968, Breviora, 290: 1-13, who recognized three subspecies (of which, Eleutherodactylus diplasius and Eleutherodactylus sommeri are now recognized distinct species). In the Eleutherodactylus auriculatus section, Eleutherodactylus montanus series, Eleutherodactylus wetmorei species group, according to Hedges, 1989, in Woods (ed.), Biogeograph. W. Indies: 328. In the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) martinicensis series, Eleutherodactylus martinicensis group according to Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 234. See Eleutherodactylus diplasius, Eleutherodactylus ceraemerus, and Eleutherodactylus sommeri. In the Eleutherodactylus (Eleutherodactylus) varians species series, Eleutherodactylus wetmorei species group of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 64 (and of Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 130), who suggested that the nominal subspecies, Eleutherodactylus wetmorei ceramaerus likely constituted a distinct species. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 390. Henderson and Powell, 2009, Nat. Hist. Rept. Amph. W. Indies: 82-83, summarized the natural history literature. Ríos-López, 2023, In Rios-Lopez and Heatwole (eds.), Conserv. Biogeograph. Amph. Caribb.: 218–262, discussed intergradation of the subspecies, systematic history, and conservation status. 

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