Physalaemus centralis Bokermann, 1962

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Leptodactylidae > Subfamily: Leiuperinae > Genus: Physalaemus > Species: Physalaemus centralis

Physalaemus centralis Bokermann, 1962, Rev. Brasil. Biol., 22: 216. Holotype: WCAB 8057, by original designation; now MZUSP. Type locality: "Xingu, rio Coluene, Mato Grosso, Brasil".

English Names

Central Dwarf Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 83).


Eastern and northeastern borderlands of Bolivia (Departamento Beni) and east-central Paraguay east and northeast through Mato Grosso, Goias, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Tocantins to the borderlands of Maranhão and into southern Piauí, Brazil.  


In the Physalaemus cuvieri group of Nascimento, Caramaschi, and Cruz, 2005, Arq. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, 63: 308. De la Riva, Köhler, Lötters, and Reichle, 2000, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 14: 58, and Köhler, 2000, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 48: 69, consider this species possibly to occur in Bolivia. Padial and Köhler, 2001, Bol. Asoc. Herpetol. Esp., 12: 6-8, provided a Bolivian record. Kokubum and Menin, 2002, Herpetol. Rev., 33: 62, discussed the range in Brazil. Brandão, Duar, Brito, and Sebben, 1997, Herpetol. Rev., 28: 93, reported the species in the vicinity of Brasilia, D.F., Brazil. Brusquetti and Lavilla, 2006, Cuad. Herpetol., 20: 17, briefly discussed the range in Paraguay. Jansen, Bloch, Schulze, and Pfenninger, 2011, Zool. Scripta, 40: 567-583, suggested on the basis of molecular data the existence of unnamed cryptic species, possibly two, in Bolivia. Vasconcelos, Sousa, Leite, and Andrade, 2014, Herpetol. Notes, 7: 325-327, provided records for Piaui, Brazil, and provided a dot map of the species. Matavelli, Campos, and Andrade, 2014, Check List, 10: 702–705, reported this species in restringa habitats in the state of Maranhão, Brazil. In the Physalaemus cuvieri clade, Physalaemus cuvieri species group, of Lourenço, Targueta, Baldo, Nascimento, Garcia, Andrade, Haddad, and Recco-Pimentel, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 92: 204–216. Schulze, Jansen, and Köhler, 2015, Zootaxa, 4016: 64–34, described, diagnosed, and pictured the larvae they characterised as Physalaemus centralis A and B, noting substantial differences from Brazilian Physalaemus centralis from São Paulo and genetic differences from each other 

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