Lepidobatrachus laevis Budgett, 1899

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ceratophryidae > Genus: Lepidobatrachus > Species: Lepidobatrachus laevis

Lepidobatrachus laevis Budgett, 1899, Q. J. Microsc. Sci., 42: 329. Holotype: Not stated; BMNH 1919.4.23.2  (renumbered 1947.2.17.32) according to museum records. Type locality: "Paraguayan Chaco".

Ceratophrys laevisBoulenger, 1919, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 9, 3: 533.

Ceratophrys (Lepidobatrachus) laevisParker, 1931, J. Linn. Soc. London, Zool., 37: 287. Use of parentheses to indicate that he thought Boulenger's synonymy of the generic names would be overturned, not subgeneric usage (DRF).

Lepidobatrachus laevisBarrio, 1968, Physis, Buenos Aires, 27: 445.

English Names

Budgett's Frog (Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 92; Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 88; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 81).


Northern and eastern areas of Chacoan environments, Argentina (provinces of Chaco, Santa Fe, Salta, and Formosa), Bolivia (departments of Santa Cruz and Tarija), and Paraguay (departments of Presidente Hayes, Boquerón, and Alto Paraguay).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay


Last revised by Barrio, 1968, Physis, Buenos Aires, 27: 445-454, and Barrio, 1968, Physis, Buenos Aires, 28: 95-106. Brusquetti and Lavilla, 2006, Cuad. Herpetol., 20: 16, briefly discussed the range in Paraguay. Weiler, Núñez, Airaldi, Lavilla, Peris, and Baldo, 2013, Anf. Paraguay: 51, provided a brief account, image, and dot map for Paraguay. Faivovich, Nicoli, Blotto, Pereyra, Baldo, Barrionuevo, Fabrezi, Wild, and Haddad, 2014, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 9: 207–227, suggested that Lepidobatrachus laevis is the sister taxon of Lepidobatrachus llanensis. Springer and Schalk, 2016, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 904: 1–16, provided an extensive literature review. 

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