Boana beckeri (Caramaschi and Cruz, 2004)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Cophomantinae > Genus: Boana > Species: Boana beckeri

Hyla beckeri Caramaschi and Cruz, 2004, Arq. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, 62: 248. Holotype: MNRJ 18753, by original designation. Type locality: "BRASIL: MINAS GERAIS: Poços de Caldas (22° 47′ S, 46° 34′ W, 1200 m) ".

Hypsiboas beckeriFaivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 88.

Boana beckeri — Dubois, 2017, Bionomina, 11: 28. 

English Names

None noted.

Distribution

Known only from the vicinity of Poços de Caldas, São Thomé das Letras, and Pedralva in southern Minas Gerais, Brazil; also reported from the Municipality of Águas da Prata, state of São Paulo, Brazil.

Comment

In the Hypsiboas polytaenius (as Hyla polytaenia) group according to the original publication. In the Hypsiboas pulchellus group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 87–88. Orrico and Luna-Dias, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 358, provided a new locality in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Acioli and Toledo, 2008, Check List, 4: 182–184, discussed range and provided a new record for southern Minas Gerais, Brazil, as well as describing the advertisement call. Martins, Giaretta, Carvalho, and Miwa, 2016, Phyllomedusa, 15: 51–64, reported on vocalizations and provided a record from the state of São Paulo (Municipality of Águas da Prata). Faivovich, Pinheiro, Lyra, Pereyra, Baldo, Muñoz-Saravia, Reichle, Brandão, Giaretta, Thomé, Chaparro, Baêta, Widholzer, Baldo, Lehr, Wheeler, Garcia, and Haddad, 2021, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 155 (106981): 15, had placed this taxon into the synonymy of Boana polytaenia, but seemingly reluctantly. Shortly thereafter Vasconcellos, Colli, and Cannatella, 2021, J. Biogeograph., 48: 311, in a study that paralleled that of Faivovich et al. (2021) recovered Boana beckeri as the sister taxon of Boana latistriata and relatively distant from Boana polytaenia, albeit with a somewhat different set of gene sequences, alignment method, and tree-building method. Confronted with this kind of disagreement I (DRF) think the conservative path forward is to recognize Boana beckeri separate from Boana polytaenia, pending more work on the ground.

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