Leptodactylus vastus Lutz, 1930

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

Leptodactylus vastus Lutz, 1930, Mem. Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, 23: 32. Holotype: AL-MNRJ 70, according to museum records (W. R. Heyer, personal commun.). Type locality: "Independencia (Parayba)", Brazil. Noted by Heyer, 2005, Arq. Zool., São Paulo, 37: 335, to now be called Guarabira, Paraiba, at 06° 51′ S, 35° 29′ W. Reported incorrectly as a replacement name for Leptodactylus gigas Lutz, 1926, by Bokermann, 1966, Lista Anot. Local. Tipo Anf. Brasil.: 75.

English Names

Northeastern Pepper Frog (Heyer, 2005, Arq. Zool., São Paulo, 37: 335).

Distribution

Two distantly allopatric populations: northeastern Brazil and Amazonian Bolivia (see comment).

Comment

Removed from the synonymy of Leptodactylus pentadactylus by Heyer, 2005, Arq. Zool., São Paulo, 37: 335, where it had been placed by Heyer, 1979, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 301: 23. Silva, Santos, Alves, Sousa, and Annunziata, 2010, Sitientibus, Ser. Cienc. Biol., 7: 334-340, provided records for Piauí, Brazil. Vieira, Santana, and Vieira, 2007, Zootaxa, 1397: 61-68, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. See comment under Leptodactylus labyrinthicus. Jansen and Schultze, 2012, Zootaxa, 3307: 35-47, suggested that populations of Leptodactylus in Bolivia, previously assigned to Leptodactylus labyrinthicus actually represent an isolated population of Leptodactylus vastus or an unnamed species closely related to Leptodactylus vastus. 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. 63–64, but apparently did not agree the assignment of populations in Bolivia to this species, but did not address the issue directly. Schulze, Jansen, and Köhler, 2015, Zootaxa, 4016: 80–82, described, diagnosed, and pictured the larva. 

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