Leptodactylus fallax Müller, 1926

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

Leptodactylus dominicensis Müller, 1923, Zool. Anz., 57: 42. Holotype: ZSM 258/1909 according to Glaw and Franzen, 2006, Spixiana, München, 29: 174. Type locality: "Dominica", Lesser Antilles. Junior homonym of Leptodactylus dominicensis Cochran, 1923.

Leptodactylus fallax Müller, 1926, Zool. Anz., 65: 200. Replacement name for Leptodactylus dominicensis Müller, 1923.

English Names

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

Mountain Chicken (IUCN; Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 401).


Now extant only on Montserrat and Dominica, Lesser Antilles; introduced unsuccessfully on Jamaica and Puerto Rico.


In the Leptodactylus pentadactylus group of Heyer, 1972, Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 231: 1-8, and Heyer, 1979, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 301: 1-43. See accounts by Lescure, 1979, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Sect. A, Zool., 1: 757-774; and Kaiser, 1994, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 583: 1-3. 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: 401. Henderson and Powell, 2009, Nat. Hist. Rept. Amph. W. Indies: 93-94, summarized the natural history literature. In the Leptodactylus pentadactylus 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 summary of relevant literature on pp. 49–50, and who suggested that no voucher evidence exists supporting the purported former occurrence on Antigua, Guadaloupe, and St Lucia. 

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