Physalaemus moreirae (Miranda-Ribeiro, 1937)

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

Engystomops moreirae Miranda-Ribeiro, 1937, O Campo, 8: 68. Holotype: MNRJ 464. Type locality: "Sorocaba, S[ão]. Paulo", Brazil; in error, according to Caramaschi and Caramaschi, 1991, J. Herpetol., 25: 107-108, who discussed the problem and corrected the type locality to "Sororocaba . . . on the slopes of the Paranapiacaba or Serra do Mar Range, in the Santos Municipality, State of São Paulo, southern Brazil (ca. 23° 57′ S, 46° 30′ W; 300-500m elev.)".

Physalaemus moreiraeCochran, 1955 "1954", Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 206: 342.

Physalaemus franciscae Heyer, 1985, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 98: 668. Holotype: MZUSP 59935, by original designation. Type locality: "Brazil: São Paulo, Boracéia, approximately 23°38′ S, 45°50′ W". Synonymy by Caramaschi and Caramaschi, 1991, J. Herpetol., 25: 107-108.

English Names

Sorocaba Dwarf Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 83).


Serra do Mar, São Paulo, Brazil.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil

Endemic: Brazil


See account (as Physalameus franciscaei and including advertisement call) by Heyer, Rand, Cruz, Peixoto, and Nelson, 1990, Arq. Zool., São Paulo, 31: 313–315. In the Physalaemus signifer group of of Nascimento, Caramaschi, and Cruz, 2005, Arq. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, 63: 308. Weber, Gonzaga, and Carvalho-e-Silva, 2006 "2005", Arq. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, 63: 678, provided a sonogram of the advertisement call. Giaretta, Martins, and Santos, 2009, Zootaxa, 2266: 51–60, compared the calls of Physalaemus olfersi, Physalaemus moreirae, Physalaemus bokermanni, and Physalaemus jordanensis. Provete, Garey, Dias, and Rossa-Feres, 2011, Herpetologica, 67: 258–270, reported on larval morphology. In the Physalaemus signifer clade of Lourenço, Targueta, Baldo, Nascimento, Garcia, Andrade, Haddad, and Recco-Pimentel, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 92: 204–216. Hepp and Pombal, 2020, Zootaxa, 4725: 1–106, discussed this species as part of a genus-wide discussion of bioacoustical traits among the species. 

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