My Texas Anuran Recordings

I have been recording frogs in Texas for four or five years now and it occurred to me that I had made a pretty good dent in the species that occur in my home state.  So I compiled a list of species in the state and looked at which species I had recorded somewhere and which of those I had recorded within the state of Texas.  So far I have recordings of 40/42 species (95%) and have recorded 37/42 species (88%) within the state boundaries.


I am missing:
species restricted to the eastern parts of the state 
- Lithobates palustris
species restricted to the dry western and northern parts of the state 
Eleutherodactylus guttilatus **
- Spea multiplicatus - done in June 2016
some species with very restricted ranges within the state 
Anaxyrus americanus (sort of...I got a recording in AR nearby in May 2017)
- Anaxyrus houstonensis
- Leptodactylus fragilis
- Lithobates grylio

There is one species I "kind of" have Texas recordings of.  I have a recording of what might be Eleutherodactylus planirostris, but I am not sure and I didn't see the frog and it is calling from among dozens of E. cystignathoides.  Their calls and their appearance are very similar!

My Woodhouse's Toad recording is terrible as well, so I need to make the effort to improve that one.

Here's what I have and what I'm missing.  Can I finish them off in 2017?  I don't know, but it gives me something to work towards.....Come on rain!


Scientific Name Common Name RecordedRecorded in Texas
Anaxyrus americanus American Toad X-
Anaxyrus cognatus Great Plains Toad X X
Anaxyrus debilis Green Toad X X
Anaxyrus fowleri Fowler's Toad X X
Anaxyrus houstonensis Houston Toad - -
Anaxyrus punctatus Red-spotted Toad X X
Anaxyrus speciosus Texas Toad X X
Anaxyrus woodhousii Woodhouse's Toad XX
Incilius nebulifer Coastal Plains Toad X X
Rhinella marina Cane Toad X X
Craugastor augusti Barking Frog X X
Eleutherodactylus cystignathoides Rio Grande Chirping Frog X X
Eleutherodactylus marnockii Cliff Chirping Frog X X
Eleutherodactylus planirostris Greenhouse Frog ? ?
Acris blanchardi Blanchard's Cricket Frog X X
Hyla arenicolor Canyon Treefrog X X
Hyla chrysoscelis Cope's Gray Treefrog X X
Hyla cinerea Green Treefrog X X
Hyla squirella Squirrel Treefrog X X
Hyla versicolor Gray Treefrog X X
Pseudacris clarkii Spotted Chorus Frog X X
Pseudacris crucifer Spring Peeper X X
Pseudacris fouquettei Cajun Chorus Frog X X
Pseudacris streckeri Strecker's Chorus Frog X X
Smilisca baudinii Mexican Treefrog X X
Leptodactylus fragilis White-lipped Frog X -
Gastrophryne carolinensis Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad X X
Gastrophryne olivacea Great Plains Narrow-mouthed Toad X X
Hypopachus variolosus Sheep Frog X X
Lithobates areolatus Crawfish Frog X X
Lithobates berlandieri Rio Grande Leopard Frog X X
Lithobates blairi Plains Leopard Frog X X
Lithobates catesbeianus American Bullfrog X X
Lithobates clamitans Green Frog X X
Lithobates grylio Pig Frog X -
Lithobates palustris Pickerel Frog - -
Lithobates sphenocephalus Southern Leopard Frog X X
Rhinophrynus dorsalis Burrowing Frog X X
Scaphiopus couchii Couch's Spadefoot X X
Scaphiopus hurterii Hurter's Spadefoot X X
Spea bombifrons Plains Spadefoot X X
Spea multiplicata New Mexico Spadefoot XX


** - a recent evaluation of the Eleutherodactylus in Texas suggests that all the Eleutherodactylus in the rocky canyons of west and central Texas are E. marnockii and that E. guttilatus does not occur in the state.  That means another one off the list!


© Chris Harrison 2017

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