Gastrophryne elegans (Boulenger, 1882)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Gastrophryninae > Genus: Gastrophryne > Species: Gastrophryne elegans

Engystoma elegans Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 162. Holotype: BMNH 1856.3.17.27 according to Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 144, now renumbered as 1947.2.11.86 according to Nelson, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 380. Type locality: "Cordova" (= Córdoba), Veracruz, Mexico.

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

Microhyla elegansParker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 126.

Gastrophryne elegansCarvalho, 1954, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 555: 13.

English Names

Elegant Narrowmouth Toad (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 22; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 89; Lee, 2000, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Maya World: 121).

Elegant Narrow-mouthed Toad (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 96; Lee, 1996, Amph. Rept. Yucatan Peninsula: 118; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 14).

Elegant Narrowmouthed Toad (Campbell, 1998, Amph. Rept. N. Guatemala Yucatan Belize: 91).


Low elevations from southern Tamaulipas (Mexico) through northern Guatemala and Belize to north-central Honduras on the Atlantic versant.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico


Reviewed by Nelson, 1972, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 121: 1–2; details of distribution in Nelson, 1972, J. Herpetol., 6: 128–129. See accounts by Lee, 1996, Amph. Rept. Yucatan Peninsula: 117–119, Campbell, 1998, Amph. Rept. N. Guatemala Yucatan Belize: 91–92, Lee, 2000, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Maya World: 121–123, and McCranie and Wilson, 2002, Amph. Honduras: XXX. McCranie, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 38, summarized the departmental distribution in Honduras. Farr, Lazcano, and Lavín-Murcio, 2009, Herpetol. Rev., 40: 459–467, provided new records for Tamaulipas, Mexico, and commented on the range. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 285–286, provided a brief summary of natural history and provided a range map and photograph for this species.  Ramírez-González, Lara-Brenis, and Mijangos-Arrazola, 2014, Check List, 10: 679–681, provided new records for northern Oaxaca, Mexico, and discussed and mapped the range and by stating the range to extend north only to central Veracruz, implicitly questioned the records for Tamaulipas, Mexico. Jiménez-Arcos, Calzada-Arciniega, Cortés-Ortiz, Gómez-Hurtado, and Blair, 2024, Zootaxa, 5397: 146–150, reported on larval morphology from Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz, Mexico. 

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