Physalaemus cuvieri Fitzinger, 1826

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

Physalaemus cuvieri Fitzinger, 1826, Neue Class. Rept.: 39,65. Type(s): Presumably originally in NHMW, but not noted in recent type lists. Type locality: "America, Brasilia".

Physolaemus cuvieriJan, 1857, Cenni Mus. Civ. Milano: 52.

Gomphobates notatus Reinhardt and Lütken, 1862 "1861", Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., Ser. 2, 3: 173. Holotype: ZMUC 11143, by museum records (pers. commun., H. Kristensen, 24 Nov 2010). Type locality: "Lagoa Santa", Minas Gerais, Brazil. Synonymy by Parker, 1927, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 9, 20: 461.

Paludicola notataPeters, 1872, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1872: 223.

Paludicola bischoffi Boulenger, 1887, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 5, 20: 296. Holotype: Presumably BMNH. Type locality: "Mundo Novo, [Taquara,] Rio Grande do Sul", Brazil. Synonymy with Physalaemus gracilis by Milstead, 1960, Copeia, 1960: 83-89; synonymy with Physalaemus cuvieri by Cardozo and Pereyra, 2018, Zootaxa, 4387: 588. 

Paludicola neglecta Ahl, 1927, Zool. Anz., 69: 224. Syntypes: NHMW (4 specimens), registration numbers not provided in the original publication; including NHMW 18894-95, according to Häupl and Tiedemann, 1978, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 2: 26, and Häupl, Tiedemann, and Grillitsch, 1994, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 9: 30. Type locality: "Santa Cruz (? Uruguay)". Synonymy by Parker, 1927, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 9, 20: 461.

Physalaemus neglectaMilstead, 1963, Copeia, 1963: 566.

Physalaemus neglectusCochran and Goin, 1970, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 288: 480.

Physalaemus neglectus neglectusCochran and Goin, 1970, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 288: 480.

English Names

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

Cuvier's Foam Froglet (Eterovick and Sazima, 2004, Anf. Serra do Cipó: 101).


Northeastern, central, and southern Brazil; arguably from Misiones, Argentina; eastern Paraguay; Departments of Beni and Santa Cruz in Bolivia; possibly lowlands of southern Venezuela (see comment).


In the Physalaemus cuvieri group of Nascimento, Caramaschi, and Cruz, 2005, Arq. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, 63: 308. Discussed by Barrio, 1965, Physis, Buenos Aires, 25: 421-448, who noted that this is a sibling species of Physalaemus albonotatus and Physalaemus centralis. See account by Heyer, Rand, Cruz, Peixoto, and Nelson, 1990, Arq. Zool., São Paulo, 31: 312-313. Gorzula and Señaris, 1999 "1998", Scient. Guaianae, 8: 67-69, reported this or a closely related species from the state of Bolívar, Venezuela. Canelas and Bertoluci, 2007, Iheringia, Zool., 97: 21-26, provided a record for the Serra do Caraça, southern end of the Serra do Espinhaço, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Brusquetti and Lavilla, 2006, Cuad. Herpetol., 20: 17, briefly discussed the range in Paraguay. Jansen, Vidoz, and Helmig, 2008, Herpetol. Rev., 39: 106-107, provided a record for the Department of Beni, Bolivia, and briefly discussed the range in that country. Eterovick and Sazima, 2004, Anf. Serra do Cipó: 101-102, provided a photograph and brief account. Cruz, Feio, and Caramaschi, 2009, Anf. Ibitipoca: 116-117, provided photographs and a brief account for Parque Estadual do Ibitipoca, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Jansen, Bloch, Schulze, and Pfenninger, 2011, Zool. Scripta, 40: 567-583, suggested on the basis of molecular data the existed of unnamed cryptic species in Bolivia. Conte, Cancado, Laborda, Zucchi, Andrade, Rossa-Feres, Siqueira, Souza, and Recco-Pimentel, 2009, Conserv. Genetics, 10: 1849-1852, discussed microsaellite variation. See Cole, Townsend, Reynolds, MacCulloch, and Lathrop, 2013, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 125: 428-429, for brief account and records for Guyana. Gambale and Bastos, 2014, Herpetol. J., 24: 31–39, reported on vocalizations.  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, and who noted that this name represents a complex of cryptic species. Cardozo and Pereyra, 2018, Zootaxa, 4387: 588, discussed the possible presence of this species in Misiones, Argentina. Miranda, Maciel, Lima-Ribeiro, Colli, Haddad, and Garcia, 2018 "2019", Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 132: 67–80, reported on molecular biogeography. 

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