IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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This species is a member of the subgenus Eleutherodactylus. It is yellowish-brown dorsally without a distinct pattern, although the anterior region is darker brown in some specimens. Occasionally there are darker brown markings on the dorsum and flanks. The concealed surfaces of the hind limbs are similar in color to the dorsum. The venter is pale and lacks distinct markings. A faint brown supratympanic bar is present. The canthus rostralis is slightly concave from a dorsal view; there is no distinct canthal bar. The iris is grayish-bronze.

Its body appears flattened, and the head is wider than the body. The snout is short. While skin of the dorsum is smooth, the venter is moderately areolate. There is no webbing between the toes. The digital disks are large and conspicuous. The vomerine teeth are oval and posterior to the coanes. The chromosome number is 28. Adult size is moderate, averaging 35 mm (max 37.3 mm) in females and 30.7 mm (max 32.8 mm) in males (Hedges et al. 1992).

Etymology- From Spanish: after the classic Cuban song of the same name, in allusion to the distribution of this species. Coincidentally, the five-syllable chorus of the song bears a resemblance to the call of this species (Hedges et al. 1992).

Related species- E. melacara, E. ionthus


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