Leptodactylus natalensis Lutz, 1930

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

Leptodactylus natalensis Lutz, 1930, Mem. Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, 23: 7. Syntypes: Including USNM 81130 according to Cochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 64; USNM 81130 designated lectotype by Heyer, 1970, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 191: 22. Type locality: "Natal, Rio Grande do Norte. Rio Baldo e outros lugares", Brazil (Portugues text); "Rio Bahú and other places near Natal (Rio Grande do Norte)" (English text). Heyer and Heyer, 2006, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 808: 3, suggested the the type locality is "Rio Baldum, 06° 09′ S 35° 08′ W".

English Names

None noted.


Coastal region of Brazil from the state of Rio Grande do Norte south to and including the State of Rio de Janeiro; reported from the state of Maranhão. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil

Endemic: Brazil


Removed from the synonymy of Leptodactylus wagneri (where it had been placed by Heyer, 1970, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 191: 18) by Heyer, 1994, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 546: 89, who provided an account and considered it to be in the Leptodactylus wagneri-Leptodactylus podicipinus complex. Heyer and Carvalho, 2000, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 113: 284–290, reported on calls and calling behavior. Izecksohn and Carvalho-e-Silva, 2001, Anf. Municipio Rio de Janeiro: 76, provided a brief account and photo. Heyer and Heyer, 2006, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 808: 1-5, reviewed the species. Leite, Sampaio, Silva-Leite, and Leite, 2008, Biotemas, 21: 153-156, provided a record for Ceará, northeastern Brazil, and discussed the range. In the Leptodactylus melanonotus 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 p. 78. Freitas, Abegg, Dias, and Moraes, 2018, Herpetol. Notes, 11: 59–72, provided a record from the Serra da Jibóia, Bahia, Brazil. 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. Reported from the Environmental Protection Area of Catolé and Fernão Velho, Alagoas, Brazil, by Dubeux, Nascimento, Gonçalves, and Mott, 2021, Pap. Avulsos Zool., São Paulo, 61 (e20216176): 1–10, who provided a key to the frogs of that region. Carvalho, Fouquet, Lyra, Giaretta, Costa-Campos, Rodrigues, Haddad, and Ron, 2022, Syst. Biodiversity, 20 (1: 2089269): 1–31, reported on the systematics, phylogenetics, and advertisement call. Palmeira, Gonçalves, Dubeux, Lima, Lambertini, Valencia-Aguilar, Jenkinson, James, Toledo, and Mott, 2022, Cuad. Herpetol., 36: 65–75, reported on habitat in Natural Heritage Reserve Mata Estrela, Baía Formosa, Rio Grande do Norte state, Brazil.    

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