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Eleutherodactylus varleyi is a tiny frog, with adult females measuring up to 17 mm in SVL and males up to 14 mm. The skin of the dorsum is tuberculate, but without a pair of paravertebral folds at mid-dorsum. The venter is partially areolate, becoming gradually smooth toward the chest. The digital discs are very small. There is no webbing between the toes. The vomerine teeth, behind the choanae, are in a curved series (Dunn 1925; Ruiz 1987; Schwartz and Henderson 1985; Schwartz and Henderson 1991).
These frogs are very variable in color. They may be unicolor tan, grayish or reddish brown with a median light line and a pair of light (bronzy tan) dorsolateral lines. Sometimes they are irregularly mottled with one or two indistinct dark chevrons. The sides are gray. At times an interorbital triangle is present, continuing as a dark median dorsal band. There is a pair of poorly defined scapular spots. The venter is white with scattered, black granules, giving a dusky effect (Dunn 1925; Ruiz 1987; Schwartz and Henderson 1985; Schwartz and Henderson 1991).
Eleutherodactylus varleyi is a member of the subgenus Euhyas (Heinicke et al. 2007).
Etymology- Named after James B. Varley, who helped the author to collect the type specimens (Dunn 1925).
Synonyms include Eleutherodactylus phyzelus (Schwartz 1958).