Yellow-striped pygmy eleuth

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Yellow-striped pygmy eleuth
Eleutherodactylus limbatus.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Eleutherodactylidae
Genus: Eleutherodactylus
E. limbatus
Binomial name
Eleutherodactylus limbatus
(Cope, 1862)

Phyllobates limbatus Cope, 1862
Eleutherodactylus (Euhyas) limbatus (Cope, 1862)
Euhyas limbatus (Cope, 1862)

Measuring only 8.5–12 mm (0.33–0.47 in), the yellow-striped pygmy eleuth (Eleutherodactylus limbatus) is perhaps the fifth-smallest frog in the world.

Mating calls and reproduction[edit]

E. limbatus has a very intense mating call, but it is brief (6.9 to 24.8 milliseconds) and high-pitched (6.5 to 8.3 kHz), at a rate of 278 per minute. Female frogs have a single ovary and lay one egg at a time, which is subsequently buried in the ground, where it develops quickly.[2]

A relative comparison of the world's smallest frogs


These frogs are found in Cuba at elevations up to 1,150 m above sea level, in closed-canopy mesic and xeric forests. Their distribution is highly fragmented,[3] with the total land area equaling 7,700 mi2 (20,000 km2).[1] Within this limited area, though, they are quite numerous.[4]


  1. ^ a b Blair Hedges, Luis Díaz (2010). Eleutherodactylus limbatus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2.
  2. ^ "Ranita Pigmea". Archived from the original on 2009-12-27.
  3. ^ "Eleutherodactylus limbatus range map". IUCN.
  4. ^ "Eleutherodactylus limbatus". natureserve.

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