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.


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. 

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