Leptodactylus albilabris (Günther, 1859)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Leptodactylidae > Subfamily: Leptodactylinae > Genus: Leptodactylus > Species: Leptodactylus albilabris

Cystignathus albilabris Günther, 1859, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 3, 4: 217. Syntypes: BMNH 59.10.1.5-6, 60.5.18.61-68; BMNH 1947.2.1760 designated lectotype by Heyer, 1978, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 29: 37. Type locality: "St. Thomas", U.S. Virgin Islands.

Leptodactylus albilabrisBoulenger, 1881, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 6: 33.

Leptodactylus dominicensis Cochran, 1923, J. Washington Acad. Sci., 13: 184. Holotype: USNM 65670, by original designation. Type locality: "Las Cañitas, Dominican Republic". Synonymy by Heyer, 1978, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 29: 37.

English Names

Gunther's White-lipped Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 81).

Hispaniolan Ditch Frog (Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 401).

Distribution

Islands of the Puerto Rico bank and the Virgin Islands; virtually ubiquitous in Puerto Rico; northeastern Dominican Republic (Hispaniola).

Comment

In the Leptodactylus fuscus group of Heyer, 1978, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 29: 1-85. Hedges and Heinicke, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 44: 308-314, supported the synonymy of Leptodactylus dominicensis on the basis of molecular evidence and discussed the biogeography of Leptodactylus albilabris. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as nominal Leptodactylus dominicensism sensu stricto) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 401. Henderson and Powell, 2009, Nat. Hist. Rept. Amph. W. Indies: 91-92, summarized the natural history literature. In the Leptodactylus fuscus species group of de Sá, Grant, Camargo, Heyer, Ponssa, and Stanley, 2014, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 9(Spec. Issue 1): 1–123, and who provided a brief account on p. 24. 

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