Dermatonotus muelleri (Boettger, 1885)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Gastrophryninae > Genus: Dermatonotus > Species: Dermatonotus muelleri

Engystoma Mülleri Boettger, 1885, Z. Naturwiss., Halle, 58: 241. Type(s): Not designated; SMF 4113 (formerly 1161.1a, according to Boettger, 1892, Kat. Batr. Samml. Mus. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges.: vi) registered as holotype, according to Mertens, 1967, Senckenb. Biol., 48(A): 50. Type locality: "Paraguay, Amer. merid. "

Hypopachus mülleriPeracca, 1895, Boll. Mus. Zool. Anat. Comp. Univ. Torino, 10 (195): 23; Miranda-Ribeiro, 1926, Arq. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, 27: 189.

Hypopachus muelleriBoulenger, 1895, Zool. Rec., 31: 40; Boulenger, 1898, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1898: 126.

Dermatonotus mülleriMéhely, 1904, Ann. Hist. Nat. Mus. Natl. Hungarici, 2: 208.

Gastrophryne muelleriStejneger, 1910, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 23: 166.

Dermatonotus muelleriNieden, 1926, Das Tierreich, 49: 72; Cei, 1980, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Monogr., 2: 153.

English Names

Muller's [sic] Termite Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 89).


Central and southern Chaco, Rio Grande de Santiago, and Corrientes provinces (Argentina); eastern Bolivia; Paraguay; Brazil, from Maranhão to Goiás, Minas Gerais, and São Paulo.


Synonymy and review in Cei, 1980, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Monogr., 2: 153–155; also see Alonso de Arámburu, 1953, Not. Mus. La Plata, Zool., 16: 273–285. Silva, Silva, and França e Souza, 2002, Herpetol. Rev., 33: 144, provided records for Goiás, Brazil. Brusquetti and Lavilla, 2006, Cuad. Herpetol., 20: 21, briefly discussed the range in Paraguay. Vera Candioti, 2007, Zootaxa, 1600: 1–175, reported on detailed larval morphology. Jansen, Bloch, Schulze, and Pfenninger, 2011, Zool. Scripta, 40: 567–583, reported on genetic variation in Bolivia. Giaretta, Andrade, Haga, and Bernardes, 2013, Zootaxa, 3700: 593–596, and Giaretta, Vo, Herche, Tang, and Gridi-Papp, 2015, Zootaxa, 3972: 595–598, detailed and discussed the advertisement call. Schulze, Jansen, and Köhler, 2015, Zootaxa, 4016: 84–85, described, diagnosed, and pictured the larva. Oliveira, Gehara, São Pedro, Costa, Burbrink, Colli, Rodrigues, and Garda: 2508–2519, reported on molecular phylogeography of the species, noting two distinct lineages, a Southwest lineage in the Chaco and western Cerrado region in Brazil, northern Argentina, eastern Bolivia presumably Paraguay and a Northeast lineage in eastern Cerrado and Caatinga in Brazil. Freitas, Abegg, Dias, and Moraes, 2018, Herpetol. Notes, 11: 59–72, provided a record from the Serra da Jibóia, Bahia, Brazil. Neves, Yves, Pereira Silva, Alves, Vasques, Coelho, and Silva, 2019, Herpetozoa, Wien, 32: 113–123, provided habitat information and records for western Minas Gerais, Brazil. Fabrezi, Quinzio, Goldberg, and de Sá, 2012, J. Herpetol., 46: 363–380, discussed internal and external larval anatomy. Rossa-Feres and Nomura, 2006 "2005", Biota Neotrop., São Paulo, 6 (2: bn00706012006): 1–24, characterized larval morphology of this species and provided a key to the larvae of northwestern São Paulo state, Brazil. 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. Vaz-Silva, Maciel, Nomura, Morais, Guerra Batista, Santos, Andrade, Oliveira, Brandão, and Bastos, 2020, Guia Ident. Anf. Goiás e Dist. Fed. Brasil Central: 161–162, provided an account for Goiás and the D.F., Brazil.   

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