Physalaemus caete Pombal and Madureira, 1997

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Leptodactylidae > Subfamily: Leiuperinae > Genus: Physalaemus > Species: Physalaemus caete

Physalaemus caete Pombal and Madureira, 1997, Alytes, 15: 106. Holotype: MNRJ 9803, by original designation. Type locality: "Fazenda Santa Justina, Municipality of Passo de Camaragibe (approximately 9° 13′ S 35° 31′ W; 45-90 m elevation), State of Alagoas, Brazil".

English Names

None noted.


Known only from five localities (two in Alagoas in the municipalities of Passo de Camarigibe and Murici), and a third in the Municipality of Paulista, Pernambuco, in northeastern Brazil, below 750 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil

Endemic: Brazil


In the Physalaemus signifer group according to the original publication (where adult and larval morphology were described) and of Nascimento, Caramaschi, and Cruz, 2005, Arq. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, 63: 308. Santos, Nacimento, Pereira, and Amorim, 2016, Herpetol. Rev., 47: 249, provided a record in Pernambuco, northeastern Brazil. Hepp and Pombal, 2020, Zootaxa, 4725: 1–106, discussed this species as part of a genus-wide discussion of bioacoustical traits among the species. Dubeux, Silva, Nascimento, Gonçalves, and Mott, 2019, Rev. Nordestina Zool., 12: 18–52, summarized the literature on larval morphology. See Dubeux, Nascimento, Lima, Magalhães, Silva, Gonçalves, Almeida, Correia, Garda, Mesquita, Rossa-Feres, and Mott, 2020, Biota Neotrop., 20 (2: e20180718): 1–24, for characterization and identification of larvae north of the Rio São Francisco in the Atlantic Forest of northeastern Brazil. Carvalho, Roberto, Duarte, Santos, and Santos, 2020, Zootaxa, 4822: 439–442, described the advertisement call. 

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