Physalaemus nattereri (Steindachner, 1863)

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

Eupomplyx marmoratus Jan, 1857, Cenni Mus. Civ. Milano: 54. Type(s): MSNM. Type locality: "Georgia", USA. Nomen nudum attributed to Tschudi and Fitzinger, presumably on the basis of jar label names. Presumed to be in this synonymy on the basis of the similarity of orthography with Eupemphix marmoratus Steindachner, 1864 (DRF).

Eupemphix Nattereri Steindachner, 1863, Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wien, Phys. Math. Naturwiss. Kl., 48: 189. Syntypes: NHMW 13559, 16523, 16524.1-2, 16525.1-3, and 18500 (according to Häupl and Tiedemann, 1978, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 2: 16, and Häupl, Tiedemann, and Grillitsch, 1994, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 9: 21). Type locality: "Cuyaba in [Mato Grosso,] Brasilien".

Eupemphix marmoratus Steindachner, 1864, Verh. Zool. Bot. Ges. Wien, 14: 271. Nomen nudum.

Paludicola edentula Boettger, 1885, Z. Naturwiss., Halle, 58: 243. Types: Not designated, presumably in SMF. Type locality: "Paraguay, Amer. merid". Synonymy by Boettger, 1885, Z. Naturwiss., Halle, 58: 436; Nieden, 1923, Das Tierreich, 46: 163.

Physalaemus nattereriLynch, 1970, Copeia, 1970: 492.

Eupemphix nattereriNascimento, Caramaschi, and Cruz, 2005, Arq. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, 63: 313.

Physalaemus nattereri  Faivovich, Basso, Haddad, Rodrigues, Wheeler, Lavilla, and Ferraro, 2012, Cladistics, 28: 466, by implication. 

Eupemphix nattereri — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 442.

English Names

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


Central and southeastern Brazil; east-central Paraguay (Alto Paraguay, Amambay, Canindeyú, Concepción, and San Pedro provinces); eastern Bolivia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay


See account by Cei, 1980, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Monogr., 2: 385-388. Márquez, De la Riva, and Bosch, 1995, J. Zool., London, 237: 313–336, reported on vocalization in Bolivia. De la Riva, Köhler, Lötters, and Reichle, 2000, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 14: 43, noted its occurrence in Bolivia. Lavilla and Cei, 2001, Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 28: 90, noted that no specimens existed for Argentina. Brusquetti and Lavilla, 2006, Cuad. Herpetol., 20: 17, briefly discussed the range in Paraguay. Melo-e-Silva, Cruz, Bastos, Carvalho-e-Silva, and Diniz, 2008, Iheringia, Zool., 98: 493-500, reported on morphometric and genetic differentiation among populations in central Brazil. Weiler, Núñez, Airaldi, Lavilla, Peris, and Baldo, 2013, Anf. Paraguay: 87, provided a brief account, image, and dot map for Paraguay. In the Physalaemus signifer clade of Lourenço, Targueta, Baldo, Nascimento, Garcia, Andrade, Haddad, and Recco-Pimentel, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 92: 204–216. Schulze, Jansen, and Köhler, 2015, Zootaxa, 4016: 59–61, described, diagnosed, and pictured the larva. Fratani, Woitovicz-Cardoso, and Lourenço, 2017, Zootaxa, 4227: 219–232, reported on osteology. Neves, Yves, Pereira Silva, Alves, Vasques, Coelho, and Silva, 2019, Herpetozoa, Wien, 32: 113–123, provided habitat information and records for western Minas Gerais, 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. Rossa-Feres and Nomura, 2006 "2005", Biota Neotrop., São Paulo, 6 (2: bn00706012006): 1–24, characterized larval morphology of this species and provided a key to the larvae of northwestern São Paulo state, Brazil. Vaz-Silva, Maciel, Nomura, Morais, Guerra Batista, Santos, Andrade, Oliveira, Brandão, and Bastos, 2020, Guia Ident. Anf. Goiás e Dist. Fed. Brasil Central: 139–140, provided an account for Goiás and the D.F., Brazil. Santos, Feio, and Nomura, 2023, Biota Neotrop., 23 (3:e20231486): 1–43, characterized tadpole morphology as part of an identification key to the tadpoles of the Brazilian Cerrado.  

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