Synapturanus mirandaribeiroi Nelson and Lescure, 1975

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Otophryninae > Genus: Synapturanus > Species: Synapturanus mirandaribeiroi

Synapturanus mirandaribeiroi Nelson and Lescure, 1975, Herpetologica, 31: 394. Holotype: MZUSP 49981, by original designation. Type locality: "Kanashen (a Waiwai Indian village and mission) on the upper Essequibo River, Rupununi District, Guyana". Placed on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology by Opinion 1513, Anonymous, 1988, Bull. Zool. Nomencl., 45: 243.

English Names

Miranda's Disc Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 93).


Known with certainty from the eastern Guiana Shield in Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana, south to Parque Estadual Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil; presumably will be found in the northern parts of the Brazilian states of Amapa, Pará, and Roraima; apparently unnamed associate(s) in southern Venezuela and eastern Colombia. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname


Nelson and Lescure, 1975, Herpetologica, 31: 394, discussed confusion with Myersiella micropsZimmerman, 1983, Herpetologica, 39: 235–246, reported on advertisement call. Lescure and Marty, 2000, Collect. Patrimoines Nat., Paris, 45: 276-277, provided a photo and brief account for French Guiana. Barrio-Amorós, 1999 "1998", Acta Biol. Venezuelica, 18: 58, commented on the Venezuelan distribution and Barrio-Amorós and Brewer-Carias, 1999, Herpetol. Rev., 30: 51, provided an additional Venezuelan locality. Menin, Rodrigues, and Lima, 2007, J. Herpetol., 17: 86–91, reported on advertisement call and tadpole morphology. See account for Suriname population by Ouboter and Jairam, 2012, Amph. Suriname: 270–271. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 105, for comments on range and literature. Fouquet, Vidal, and Dewynter, 2019, Zoosystema, 41: 372, suggested that the population in the eastern Guyana Shield represents a distinct species. For identification of larvae in central Amazonia, Brazil, see Hero, 1990, Amazoniana, 11: 201–262. Fouquet, Leblanc, Fabre, Rodrigues, Menin, Courtois, Dewynter, Hölting, Ernst, Peloso, and Kok, 2021, Zool. Anz., 293: 46–73, rediagnosed the species, discussed osteology, external morphology, advertisement call, range, and natural history, named three new species from within the "old" Synapturanus mirandaribeiroi, and doubted the identification of specimens from Vaupés, Colombia, reported by Pyburn, 1975, Herpetologica, 31: 439–443. Care should be taken when using literature older than this revision. Taucce, Costa-Campos, Carvalho, and Michalski, 2022, Eur. J. Taxon., 836: 96–130, reported on distribution, literature, and conservation status for Amapá, Brazil. Schiesari, Rossa-Feres, Menin, and Hödl, 2022, Zootaxa, 5223: 101–102, detailed larval and metamorph morphology and natural history. Lescure, Dewynter, Frétey, Ineich, Ohler, Vidal, and De Massary, 2022, Bull. Soc. Herpetol. France, 181(5): 1–17, confirmed the species in French Guiana. 

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