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Diagnosis: Large size for the genus (41.7-47.7 m SVL); very dark dorsal coloration and dark venter with a light abdominal blotch; large, wide head; large, protuberant eyes with rhomboid or round pupils; no tympanum; densely glandular dorsum; long slender limbs; no webbing; rounded digit tips that lack discs (Pombal et al. 2008).
Description: Adult females measure 44.6-47.7 mm SVL. Adult males measure 41.7 mm SVL. Very glandular dorsum. Large wide head with large protuberant eyes and rhomboid-shaped or round pupils. Indistinct canthus rostralis with a concave loreal region. Tympanum absent, but the supratympanic fold is present and glandular. Large tongue. Two short series of vomerine teeth, numerous premaxillary and maxillary teeth. Small toothlike process is present at the front of the lower jaw in a small single socket. Choanae circular. Slender arms. Forearms and fingers are long and slender. Fingertips are rounded with no webbing or fringe. Single subarticular tubercles under fingers, slightly elliptical to rounded. Legs are short and slender. Toes are long and slender and the toe tips are rounded with no webbing or fringe. Subarticular tubercles on toes are elliptical. Inner metatarsal tubercle is large and oval-shaped; outer metatarsal tubercle is large and somewhat rounded. (Pombal et al. 2008).
In life, the dorsal surfaces and flanks are purplish-brown. Ventral surfaces are slightly lighter and a white abdominal blotch is present. Viewed close-up, the dorsal surface are actually dark brown with many small light specks (Pombal et al. 2008).
In preservative, the dorsal surfaces and flanks are dark purplish-gray to nearly black (Pombal et al. 2008).
The specific epithet pholeter is a Greek word meaning "one who lurks in a hole" (Pombal et al. 2008).