Lithodytes lineatus (Schneider, 1799)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Leptodactylidae > Subfamily: Leptodactylinae > Genus: Lithodytes > Species: Lithodytes lineatus

Rana lineata Schneider, 1799, Hist. Amph. Nat.: 138. Type(s): "Musei Lampiani" (= the "collection de Lampi" according to Daudin, 1802 "An. XI", Hist. Nat. Rain. Gren. Crap., Quarto: 105, and Daudin, 1803 "An. XI", Hist. Nat. Gen. Part. Rept., 8: 188). Type locality: Not stated.

Rana castanea Shaw, 1802, Gen. Zool., 3(1): 128. Types: Including frog illustrated by Shaw, 1802, Gen. Zool., 3(1): 114. Type locality: "Surinam". Synonymy by (with Rana schneideri) Merrem, 1820, Tent. Syst. Amph.: 177; Duméril and Bibron, 1841, Erp. Gen., 8: 625.

Bufo lineatusDaudin, 1802 "An. XI", Hist. Nat. Rain. Gren. Crap., Quarto: 105; Daudin, 1803 "An. XI", Hist. Nat. Gen. Part. Rept., 8: 105.

Bufo albonotatus Daudin, 1803 "An. XI", Hist. Nat. Gen. Part. Rept., 8: 185. Types: "collection de Lampi" and "collection de Levin Vincent", by original designation; currentl location not known. Type locality: "Surinam". Synonymy (with Rana schneideri Merrem, 1820) by Merrem, 1820, Tent. Syst. Amph.: 177; Duméril and Bibron, 1841, Erp. Gen., 8: 625.

Rana schneideri Merrem, 1820, Tent. Syst. Amph.: 177. Type(s): Type locality: Not stated, although obviously the union of the type localities of the constituent taxa, Rana fusca Schneider [now = Leptodactylus fuscus], 1799, Rana lineata Schneider, 1799, Bufo albonotatus Daudin, 1803, and Rana castanea Shaw, 1802. Synonymy by Gravenhorst, 1829, Delic. Mus. Zool. Vratislav., 1: 44.

Bufo albonatusMerrem, 1820, Tent. Syst. Amph.: 177. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Hylodes lineatus Duméril and Bibron, 1841, Erp. Gen., 8: 625. Type(s): MNHNP, but not mentioned in recent type lists. Type locality: "l’Amérique méridionale; l’echantillon que nous possédons a été envoyé de Cayenne". Presumably identical to Rana lineata Schneider.

Lithodytes lineatusFitzinger, 1843, Syst. Rept.: 43; Peracca, 1904, Boll. Mus. Zool. Anat. Comp. Univ. Torino, 19 (465): 31; Rivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 52.

Hylodes (Lithodytes) lineatusCope, 1862, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 14: 153.

Eleutherodactylus lineatusNoble, 1917, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 37: 794.

Leptodactylus (Lithodytes) lineatusParker, 1935, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1935: 507; Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 362.

Leptodactylus hemidactyloides Andersson, 1945, Ark. Zool., 37A(2): 3. Syntypes: NHRM (4 specimens) by original indication; largest syntypes selected by Heyer and Peters, 1971, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 84: 167, as lectotype. Type localities: "Rio Napo, 400 m" and "Rio Pastaza", Ecuador. Restricted to Rio Pastaza by lectotype designation. Synonymy by Heyer and Peters, 1971, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 84: 167.

English Names

Chestnut Frog (Rana castanea [no longer recognized]: Shaw, 1802, Gen. Zool., 3(1): 114).

Gold-striped Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 82).

Painted Antnest Frog (Kok and Kalamandeen, 2008, Intr. Taxon. Amph. Kaieteur Natl. Park: 216).


Northwestern Venezuela and south along eastern side of the Andean foothills to northern Bolivia and east in Amazonian drainage to the states of Tocantins and Maranhão and north to eastern Venezuela; old unsubstantiated record for Trinidad (see comment).  


Confused in much literature with Eleutherodactylus lineatus (Brocchi, 1879). Duellman, 1978, Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 65: 114–91, provided a brief account. Rodríguez and Duellman, 1994, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 22: 71, provided a brief account for the Iquitos region of northeastern Peru. Lescure and Marty, 2000, Collect. Patrimoines Nat., Paris, 45: 258-259, provided a photo and brief account for French Guiana. Distribution in Venezuela discussed briefly by Señaris, La Marca, and Molina, 2002, Herpetol. Rev., 33: 145-146. Barrio-Amorós, 1999 "1998", Acta Biol. Venezuelica, 18: 47-48, suggested that the species will be found in the Venezuelan states of Monagas and Sucre. Murphy, 1997, Amph. Rept. Trinidad Tobago: 90, reported a single specimen from Trinidad, collected in 1919, but could not substantiate it with more recent specimens. Kok and Kalamandeen, 2008, Intr. Taxon. Amph. Kaieteur Natl. Park: 216-217, provided an account. See account for Surinam population by Ouboter and Jairam, 2012, Amph. Suriname: 240-241.See Cole, Townsend, Reynolds, MacCulloch, and Lathrop, 2013, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 125: 428, for brief account and records for Guyana. de Sá, Grant, Camargo, Heyer, Ponssa, and Stanley, 2014, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 9(Spec. Issue 1): 1–123, suggested on the basis of sequence divergence that at least two species exist under this name. Cintra, Silva, and Silva, 2014, Herpetol. Notes, 7: 179-184, provided a record for Tocantins, Brazil, and discussed the range and natural history. Freitas, Farias, Oliveira e Sousa, Vieira, Moura, and Dias, 2014, Check List, 10615–617, provided a record for Maranhão, northeastern Brazil, and mapped the species. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 97–98, for comments on range and literature. For identification of larvae in central Amazonia, Brazil, see Hero, 1990, Amazoniana, 11: 201–262. Thaler, Folly, Fadel, Alves da Silva, Mângia, and Santana, 2020, Caldasia, 42: 157–160, discussed the range and provided records from the state of Tocantins, Brazil. See brief account for the Manu region, Peru, by Villacampa-Ortega, Serrano-Rojas, and Whitworth, 2017, Amph. Manu Learning Cent.: 238–239. 

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