Eleutherodactylus nitidus (Peters, 1870)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Brachycephaloidea > Family: Eleutherodactylidae > Subfamily: Eleutherodactylinae > Genus: Eleutherodactylus > Species: Eleutherodactylus nitidus

Liuperus nitidus Peters, 1870 "1869", Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1869: 878–879. Holotype: ZMB 6669 according to Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 121. Type locality: "wareren Gegenden Mexicos (Matamoros u.a.o.)" = warmer parts of Mexico (Matamoros and other areas); rendered as "State of Puebla, Mexico, possibly from the vicinity of Matamoros" by Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 121; probably near Matamoros [Puebla, Mexico] according to Smith and Taylor, 1948, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 194: 49.

Leiuperus nitidusBrocchi, 1881, Miss. Scient. Mex. Amer. Centr., Rech. Zool., 3(2, livr. 1): 23.

Paludicola nitidaBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 237.

Tomodactylus amulae Günther, 1900, Biol. Centr. Amer., Rept. Batr., Vol. 7, Part 155: 219. Syntypes: BMNH 1901.12.19.9–12 according to Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 121. Type locality: "Mexico, Amula in Guerrero". Synonymy by Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 121; Dixon, 1957, Texas J. Sci., 9: 385.

Tomodactylus nitidusParker, 1927, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 9, 20: 451; Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 120–123.

Tomodactylus petersi Duellman, 1954, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 560: 5. Holotype: UMMZ 109238, by original designation. Type locality: "one-fourth mile east of Coalcomán (elevation 3500 feet)", Michoacán, Mexico. Synonymy by Dixon, 1957, Texas J. Sci., 9: 390.

Tomodactylus nitidus nitidusDixon, 1957, Texas J. Sci., 9: 385.

Tomodactylus nitidus petersiDixon, 1957, Texas J. Sci., 9: 390.

Eleutherodactylus (Syrrhophus) nitidusHedges, 1989, in Woods (ed.), Biogeograph. W. Indies: 318–319; Heinicke, Duellman, and Hedges, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., 104: Table 2.

Syrrhophus nitidusFrost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 362.

English Names

Shiny Peeping Frog (Syrrhophus nitidus: Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 20; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 77; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 24).

Shiny Peeping Frog (Syrrhophus nitidus nitidus: Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 20; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 24).

Peters' Shiny Peeping Frog (Syrrhophus nitidus petersi: Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 20; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 25).


Sierra Madre Occidental of southwestern Durango and adjacent Sinaloa southward and eastwards through the Cordillera Volcánica to Hidalgo, central Puebla, and Tlaxcala, and south into the Sierra Madre del Sur in Guerrero and Oaxaca, Mexico. 


Subspecies not recognized by Lynch, 1991, Copeia, 1991: 1138–1139. In the Eleutherodactylus (Syrrhophus) nitidus group according to Lynch and Duellman, 1997, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 23: 229. Mendoza-Quijano, Mejenes-López, Reynoso-Rosales, Estrada-Hernandez, and Rodriguez-Blanco, 2001, Anal. Inst. Biol., Univ. Nac. Aut. Mexico, Ser. Zool., 72: 233–243, provided the record from Guanajuato (Sierra Santa Rosa). In the Eleutherodactylus (Syrrhophus) longipes species series, Eleutherodactylus modestus species group of Hedges, Duellman, and Heinicke, 2008, Zootaxa, 1737: 91–92, and of Padial, Grant, and Frost, 2014, Zootaxa, 3825: 132. McCranie and Wilson, 1984, Herpetol. Rev., 15: 22, provided a record for Aguascalientes, Mexico. López-Mejía and Goyenechea, 2012, Herpetol. Rev., 43: 298, provided a record for Hidalgo, Mexico, and commented on the range. García-Vázquez and Trujano-Ortega, 2012, Rev. Mexicana Biodiversidad, 83: 856–858, provided records for Tlaxcala and central Puebla, Mexico. García-Padilla and Mata-Silva, 2014, Herpetol. Rev., 45: 468, provided a record for the Municipality of Santa Catarina Lachatao, Oaxaca, Mexico, and briefly discussed the documented range in that state. . Grünwald, Reyes-Velasco, Franz-Chávez, Morales-Flores, Ahumada-Carrillo, Jones, and Boissinot, 2018, Mesoam. Herpetol., 5: 69, recognized Eleutherodactylus nitidus orarius as distinct, and as part of a discussion noting Eleutherodactylus nitidus as a species complex, commented on the status of Eleutherodactylus nitidus petersi of the Sierra de Coalcomán, Michoacán, Mexico. Lemos-Espinal, Smith, and Valdes-Lares, 2019, Amph. Rept. Durango: 62, provided a brief account for Durango, Mexico. Lemos-Espinal and Dixon, 2016, Amph. Rept. Hidalgo: 366–367, provided a brief account and map for Hidalgo, Mexico.     

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