This species is a member of the Eleutherodactylus auriculatus group (Subgenus Eleutherodactylus). It has a brown or copper dorsal surface with two discontinuous black lines that follow dorsolateral folds. The dorsum is moderately tuberculate, with dorsolateral folds; the venter is moderately areolate. The flanks are yellowish with brown to black markings. The head is light brown and there is a faint brown interocular bar or triangle. In addition, some possess an X-shaped brown mark behind the interocular bar. There is a black stripe from snout to supratympanic fold, which is interrupted at the eyes. A white mid-dorsal hairline extends from snout to vent and onto each thigh along the ventral face of the shank. The venter is a translucent white; the vocal sac is yellow. The vomerine teeth, behind the coanes, are in short and straight series. Adult size is small, reaching 24 mm in females and 20 mm in males. This species is very similar to E. auriculatus; the distinction is based principally on vocalizations, call site and color of vocal sac (Estrada and Hedges 1997).
Etymology: From the Greek glamyros, meaning "bleary-eyed" or "watery-eyed," in allusion to the misty, cloud forest habitat of this species (Estrada and Hedges 1997). Related species: E. auriculatus, E. principalis