Hypopachus barberi Schmidt, 1939

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Gastrophryninae > Genus: Hypopachus > Species: Hypopachus barberi

Hypopachus barberi Schmidt, 1939, Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ., Zool. Ser., 24: 1. Holotype: FMNH 1812, by original designation. Type locality: "Tecpán, Sololá [in error for Chimaltenango, according to Nelson, 1973, Herpetologica, 29: 15], Guatemala".

Hypopachus simus Stuart, 1941, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 54: 125. Holotype: UMMZ 89095, by original designation. Type locality: "A pond on the estern edge of Nebaj, El Quiché, Guatemala. Altitude, about 1990 meters". Synonymy by Nelson, 1973, Herpetologica, 29: 15.

Hypopachus aquae Stuart, 1952, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 65: 7. Holotype: UMMZ 102282, by original designation. Type locality: "the coffee groves of Finca San Rafael on the outskirts of Dueñas, Department of Sacatepequez, Guatemala. Elevation, about 1475 meters". Synonymy by Nelson, 1973, Herpetologica, 29: 15.

Hypopachus pygmaeus Lynch In Smith, Langebartel, and Williams, 1964, Illinois Biol. Monogr., 32: 29. Nomen nudum. Synonymy by Nelson, 1973, Herpetologica, 29: 15.

English Names

Barber's Sheep Frog (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 25; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 90; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 15).

Montane Sheep Frog (Luque-Montes, Ketzler, Cerrato-Mendoza, Wilson, and Townsend, 2011, Herpetol. Rev., 42: 384).


Elevations of 1470–2070 m on isolated uplands from northern Chiapas (Mexico) to eastern Guatemala on the Atlantic versant and from western Guatemala to central El Salvador and southwestern Honduras on the Pacific versant.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico


See accounts by Nelson, 1973, Herpetologica, 29: 6–17; and Nelson, 1974, Herpetologica, 30: 250–274. Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 395, commented that the distinctiveness of this taxon relative to adjacent lower-elevation forms of Hypopachus variolosus had yet to be demonstrated. McCranie and Wilson, 2002, Amph. Honduras: 465–469, provided an account and also noted the insufficiency of current species boundaries in Hypopachus. Köhler, Veselý, and Greenbaum, 2005 "2006", Amph. Rept. El Salvador: 63–65, provided an account (for El Salvador) and a color photograph. McCranie, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 38, summarized the departmental distribution in Honduras. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 451. Luque-Montes, Ketzler, Cerrato-Mendoza, Wilson, and Townsend, 2011, Herpetol. Rev., 42: 384–385, provided a range extension in Honduras and discussed the range. Greenbaum, Smith, and de Sá, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 265–277, suggested a sister-taxon relationship of Hypopachus barberi and Hypopachus variolosusKöhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 287–288, provided a brief summary of natural history and provided a range map, and photograph of this species. Lenca Highlands of Honduras population found to be a distinct species, Hypopachus guancaso

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