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Vulnerable (VU)

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Eleutherodactylus limbatus is a tiny frog, with males and females nearly the same size and reaching only 11.7 and 11.8 mm in SVL, respectively. Glandular areas are absent. There is no webbing between the toes. The digits are small and the digital tips are not expanded. Finger I is approximately of the same length than the finger II. The vomerine teeth are absent (Cope 1862; Schwartz and Henderson 1991).

This frog is dark brown to purplish brown with two straight dorsolateral stripes that are white to yellow on the body and yellow to orange on the head. The snout and the forelimbs are yellow. Flanks are black. The concealed surfaces of thighs have a faintly yellow line along the length of the thigh dorsally. The venter is white to cream; the throat is vivid yellow, sometimes with faint dark dots. (Cope 1862; Schwartz and Henderson 1991).

Eleutherodactylus limbatus is a member of the Eleutherodactylus limbatus group (Subgenus Euhyas). Related species include Eleutherodactylus iberia, E. orientalis, E. etheridgei, and E. cubanus (Heinicke et al. 2007).

Synonyms include Phyllobates limbatus (Cope 1862), and Sminthillus limbatus (Cope 1862).

The chromosome number is 32 (Bogart 1981).

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