Leptodactylus savagei Heyer, 2005

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

Leptodactylus savagei Heyer, 2005, Arq. Zool., São Paulo, 37: 330. Holotype: USNM 227652, by original designation. Type locality: "Rincon de Osa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, 08° 42′ N, 83° 29′ W".

English Names

Smoky Jungle Frog (Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 219 [as Leptodactylus pentadactylus]).

Savage's Thin-toed Frog (Heyer, 2005, Arq. Zool., São Paulo, 37: 330; Heyer, de Sá, and Heyer, 2010, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 867: 1).


Northwestern Honduras to northern Colombia (including the Caribbean region and Magdalena Valley), sea level to 1200 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama


In the Leptodactylus pentadactylus group and confused with Leptodactylus pentadactylus prior to its naming according to the original publication. Lips and Savage, 1996, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 109: 17–26, included this species (as Leptodactylus pentadactylus) in a key to the tadpoles found in Costa Rica. See accounts (as Leptodactylus pentadactylus) by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 219–223, and McCranie and Wilson, 2002, Amph. Honduras: 451–454 (and who noted literature on the possibility of cryptic species). McCranie, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 38, summarized the departmental distribution in Honduras. See comments by Sunyer, Páiz, Dehling, and Köhler, 2009, Herpetol. Notes, 2: 189–202, regarding Nicaraguan populations. Heyer, de Sá, and Heyer, 2010, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 867: 1–19. Valdés-Orellana and McCranie, 2011, Herpetol. Rev., 42: 107, provided a record for Atlántida, Honduras, and discussed the range. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 276–281, provided a brief summary of natural history and identification key for the species of Leptodactylus in Central America and provided a range map and photograph for this species. 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. 61–62.. Sunyer, Martínez-Fonseca, Salazar-Saavedra, Galindo-Uribe, and Obando, 2014, Mesoam. Herpetol., 1: 172, provided a record for the department of Chontales, Nicaragua. Ovalle-Pacheco, Camacho-Rozo, and Arroyo, 2019, Check List, 15: 398, reported the species from Boyacá, Colombia, and commented on the range in Colombia. Martínez-Fonseca, Holmes, Sunyer, Westeen, Grundler, Cerda, Fernández-Mena, Loza-Molina, Monagan, Nondorf, Pandelis, and Rabosky, 2024, Check List, 20: 74, provided and discussed a record from Refugio Bartola, Departamento Río San Juan, Nicaragua.

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