Leptodactylus fallax Müller, 1926

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Leptodactylidae > Subfamily: Leptodactylinae > Genus: Leptodactylus > Species: Leptodactylus fallax

Leptodactylus dominicensis Müller, 1923, Zool. Anz., 57: 42. Holotype: ZSM 258/1909 according to Glaw and Franzen, 2006, Spixiana, München, 29: 174. Type locality: "Dominica", Lesser Antilles. Junior homonym of Leptodactylus dominicensis Cochran, 1923.

Leptodactylus fallax Müller, 1926, Zool. Anz., 65: 200. Replacement name for Leptodactylus dominicensis Müller, 1923.

English Names

Dominican White-lipped Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 81).

Mountain Chicken (IUCN; Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 401; Hedges, Powell, Henderson, Hanson, and Murphy, 2019, Caribb. Herpetol., 67: 14). 


Now extant only on Montserrat and Dominica, Lesser Antilles; apparently extinct on Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Saint Kitts and Nevis; introduced unsuccessfully on Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia

Introduced: Jamaica, Puerto Rico


In the Leptodactylus pentadactylus group of Heyer, 1972, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 231: 1-8, and Heyer, 1979, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 301: 1-43. See accounts by Lescure, 1979, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Sect. A, Zool., 1: 757-774; and Kaiser, 1994, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 583: 1-3. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 401. Henderson and Powell, 2009, Nat. Hist. Rept. Amph. W. Indies: 93-94, summarized the natural history literature. In the Leptodactylus pentadactylus species group of de Sá, Grant, Camargo, Heyer, Ponssa, and Stanley, 2014, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 9(Spec. Issue 1): 1–123, and who provided a summary of relevant literature (adult and larval morphology, identification, advertisement call, and range) on pp. 49–50, and who suggested that no voucher evidence exists supporting the purported former occurrence on Antigua, Guadaloupe, and St. Lucia. 

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