Hyalinobatrachium taylori (Goin, 1968)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Centrolenidae > Subfamily: Hyalinobatrachinae > Genus: Hyalinobatrachium > Species: Hyalinobatrachium taylori

Centrolenella taylori Goin, 1968 "1967", Q. J. Florida Acad. Sci., 30: 115. Holotype: BMNH 1939.1.1.65, by original designation. Type locality: "elevation of 750 ft. along the New River, Guyana" (in region claimed by Suriname; see comment by M. S. Hoogmoed In Duellman and Cannatella, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 85).

Hyalinobatrachium tayloriRuiz-Carranza and Lynch, 1991, Lozania, 57: 25.

English Names

Taylor's Glass Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 48).


Guianan Shield in southern and central Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana, and southeastern Venezuela, 450 to 1850 m elevation, and into adjacent Amapá, Brazil; reported ca. 1500 km away from this population at the gallery forest associated with Roncadeira waterfall (450–550 m elevation), Taquaruçu district, Palmas Municipality, Tocantins, Brazil. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela


In the Hyalinobatrachium fleischmanni group, according to Ruiz-Carranza and Lynch, 1991, Lozania, 57: 1–30. See Ayarzagüena, 1992, Publ. Asoc. Amigos Doñana, 1: 30 for account (as Centrolenella taylori—with green bones and not visible heart). Lescure and Marty, 2000, Collect. Patrimoines Nat., Paris, 45: 78–79, provided a brief account (for a frog with white bones and visible heart) and photo. (Note that the differences in morphology between the frogs described by Ayarzagüena and by Lescure and Marty, suggest that at least one of these is not Hyalinobatrachium taylori—C. L. Barrio Amorós, personal comm.) of Myers and Donnelly, 1997, Am. Mus. Novit., 3213: 16, doubted the identification of the Venezuelan record. See distributional comments by Gorzula and Señaris, 1999 "1998", Scient. Guaianae, 8: 22. Señaris and Ayarzagüena, 2005, Rev. Taxonom. Fam. Centrolenidae de Venezuela: 221–232, provided a review of the morphology, natural history, and range of this species. Cisneros-Heredia and McDiarmid, 2007, Zootaxa, 1572: 29, noted that the phylogenetic position of this species is questionable and deserves scrutiny. See account by Kok and Castroviejo-Fisher, 2008, Zootaxa, 1680: 44–46, and note by Myers and Donnelly, 2008, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 308: 30. Barrio-Amorós and Brewer-Carias, 2008, Zootaxa, 1942: 18, noted misidentifications in the literature. Kok and Kalamandeen, 2008, Intr. Taxon. Amph. Kaieteur Natl. Park: 144–145, provided an account. Castroviejo-Fisher, Vilà, Ayarzagüena, Blanc, and Ernst, 2011, Zootaxa, 3132: 1–55, provided a detailed account and molecular tree of relationships. See account for Surinam population by Ouboter and Jairam, 2012, Amph. Suriname: 82–83. See Cole, Townsend, Reynolds, MacCulloch, and Lathrop, 2013, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 125: 383–384, for brief account and records for Guyana. Señaris, Lampo, Rojas-Runjaic, and Barrio-Amorós, 2014, Guía Ilust. Anf. Parque Nac. Canaima: 80–81, provided a photograph and a brief account for the Parque Nacional de Canaima, Venezuela. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 28, for comments on range, taxonomy, and literature. Silva, Carvalho, Pereira Silva, Fadel, Dantas, Brandão, and Santana, 2020, Biota Neotrop., 20 (1: e20190838): 15, reported the species from several localities in Tocantins, Brazil, noting that this population may represent an unnamed cryptic species. Señaris and Rojas-Runjaic, 2020, in Rull and Carnaval (eds.), Neotrop. Divers. Patterns Process.: 571–632, commented on range and conservation status in the Venezuelan Guayana. Costa-Campos, Bang, Figueiredo, Tavares-Pinheiro, and Fouquet, 2021, Check List, 17: 637–642, provided a record from Pedra Branca do Ampari, Amapá, Brazil, and described the advertisement call for this population. Taucce, Costa-Campos, Carvalho, and Michalski, 2022, Eur. J. Taxon., 836: 96–130, reported on distribution, literature, and conservation status for Amapá, Brazil.  

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