Eleutherodactylus pezopetrus Schwartz, 1960
Eastern Cuba Rockfrog, Miranda Robber Frog
This species is tan, lightly marbled with dark gray and possessing a pair of tan sacral spots. Sometimes a pair of dorsolateral orange lines is present, expanded in the region of the sacral blotches. The interocular region is darkly mottled. A light tan loreal spot is present, preceded by a stippled arc and bounded above by a dark canthal line. Below the eye, there is another pale spot, preceded and followed by dark areas. The concealed surfaces of the hind limbs are faintly purple or flesh-colored. The venter is opalescent white, lightly stippled with brown medially, and heavily stippled laterally. The chin and the throat are heavily stippled with dark brown (Schwartz 1960; Schwartz and Henderson 1985; Schwartz and Henderson 1991).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cuba
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Etymology- Named after the petricolous (rocky) habitat of this species (Schwartz 1960).
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Heinicke, M. P., Duellman, W. E., Hedges, S. B. (2007). ''Major Caribbean and Central American frog faunas originated by ancient oceanic dispersal.'' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104(24), 10092-10097.
Schwartz, A. (1960). ''Nine new Cuban frogs of the genus Eleutherodactylus.'' Science Publishers Reading Public Museum Art Gallery, 11, 1-50.
Schwartz, A., and Henderson, R. W. (1985). A Guide to the Identification of the Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies Exclusive of Hispaniola. Milwaukee Public Museum, Inland Press, Milwaukee.
Schwartz, A., and Henderson, R. W. (1991). Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. Descriptions, Distributions, and Natural History. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, Florida, USA.
Vales, M., Álvarez, A., Montes, L., and Ávila, A. (1998). Estudio Nacional sobre la Diversidad Biológica en la República de Cuba. CESYTA, Madrid.
Originally submitted by: Ansel Fong G. (first posted 2007-11-07)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2007-11-12)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2007 Eleutherodactylus pezopetrus: Eastern Cuba Rockfrog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/3127> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Mar 22, 2023.
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