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Craugastor taurus Taylor 1958

Critically Endangered (IUCN 3.1)

Common name

Golfito Robber Frog



Species description based on Savage (1975), Campbell and Savage (2000) and Savage (2002). Males and females differ in size. Males to 44 mm, females much larger (to 80 mm).


The color of the dorsal surface is grey or brown with darker blotches. Dark bars are present on the arms and legs. Dorsal surface very bumpy.


Ventral surface is smooth and white; large individuals sometimes have a yellowish-green tint towars the rear.

Concealed surfaces

Both the groin and the rear surface of the thigh are mottled dark brown and light yellow.


Feet have extensive webbing. The webbing, toe fringes, and large toe pads may help this species (as well as other stream-dwelling species) cling to slippery rocks (Savage 1975).

Ecology behavior and evolution


Craugastor taurus may be found on rocks or in the debris, roots and vegetation along the banks of rocky streams (Savage 2002).


This species does not call (Savage 2002).


2N = 20 (Savage 2002).

Taxonomy and systematics



Taylor 1958


Eleutherodactylus taurus


Latin taurus = bull

Habitat and distribution


Lowland forest to 525 m elevation.


Costa Rica, Panama


Craugastor taurus distribution
Distrubution map (IUCN)


Campbell, JA and JM Savage. 2000. Taxonomic reconsideration of Middle American frogs of the Eleutherodactylus rugulosus group (Anura: Leptodactylidae): A reconnaissance of subtle nuances among frogs. Herpetological Monographs 14: 186-292.

Crawford, AJ and EN Smith. 2005. Cenozoic biogeography and evolution in direct-developing frogs of Central America (Leptodactylidae: Eleutherodactylus) as inferred from a phylogenetic analysis of nuclear and mitochondrial genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 35: 536-555.

Hedges, SB, WE Duellman and MP Heinicke. 2008. New World direct-developing frogs (Anura: Terrarana): molecular phylogeny, classification, biogeography, and conservation. Zootaxa 1737: 1-182.

Ibáñez, R, F Solís, C Jaramillo, and AS Rand. 2000. An overwiew of the herpetology of Panama. In: Johnson, JD, RG Webb, and OA Flores-Villela. Eds. Mesoamerican Herpetology: Systematics, Zoogeography and Conservation. The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas.

Lynch, JD and WE Duellman. 1997. Frogs of the genus Eleutherodactylus in western Ecuador: Systematics, ecology, and biogeography. University of Kansas Museum of Natural History Special Publication 23: 1-236.

Savage, JM. 1975. Systematics and distribution of the Mexican and Central American stream frogs related to Eleutherodactylus rugulosus. Copeia 1975: 254-306.

Savage, JM. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna between two Continents, between two Seas. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Taylor, EH. 1958. Additions to the known herpetological fauna of Costa Rica with comments on other species. No. III. The University of Kansas Science Bulletin 39 (1): 3-40.