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 Alagoas and 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. 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.    

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