Females have a snout-vent length of 26.2 to 28.9 mm, and males have a snout-vent length of 21.3 to 25.8 mm. Adults have a dark brown or black ventrum, obscured by dense,irregular white spots which are often partially fused together. Often,the dorsum has dark lines outlining an irregular inverted V which widens at eye level, at the mid-body, and at the groin, and narrows between these areas. G. elegans has a dark brown lateral band which passes from the tip of the snout through the eye and above the shoulder to the groin and the anterior face of the thigh. Above this band is a dark brown inguinal spot. Two dark lines cross the lower leg, and often there are traces of lines on the thigh and foot which align with those of the lower leg in the sitting position. The hind foot has a single metatarsal tubercle, rudimentary webs roughly extending to the proximal joint of the fourth toe, and dorsoventrally flattened tips of the outer toes, which dilate slightly laterally.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico
G. elegans occurs at elevations to 924 m. on the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean vesants from Veracruz, Mexico, to the Honduras.
It is usually found in areas designated as secondary forest, quasi-rainforest and rainforest.
Nelson, C. (1963). ''Gastrophyrne elegans (Boulenger). Elegant Narrow-mouthed Toad.'' Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 121.1-121.2.
Written by Franziska Sandmeier (franturtle AT yahoo.com), UC Berkeley
First submitted 2001-02-09
Edited by Arie van der Meijden (2013-05-11)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2013 Gastrophryne elegans: Elegant Narrow-mouthed Toad <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/2123> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 23, 2019.
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