Boana fasciata (Günther, 1858)

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

Hyla fasciata Günther, 1858, Arch. Naturgesch., 24: 327. Holotype: BMNH 1858.7.25.22 according to Caminer and Ron, 2014, ZooKeys, 370: 13 (reported incorrectly as BMNH Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 56). Type locality: "Anden von Ecuador";  Caminer and Ron, 2014, ZooKeys, 370: 13, noted on the basis of the collerctor's itinerary that type locality likely is either Gualaquiza or Zamora, Ecuador. A secondary homonym of Calamita fasciatus Schneider, 1799, Hist. Amph. Nat.: 172, in Hyla, which is a nomen dubium and nomen oblitum—see Nieden, 1923, Das Tierreich, 46: 316.

Hypsiboas fasciatusCope, 1862, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 14: 354.

Hypsiboas fasciatusFaivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 86.

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

English Names

Gunther's Banded Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 55).


Known with certainty only from Zamora-Chinchipe, Pichincha, and Morona-Santiago provinces in Ecuador and the Región Amazonas in Peru, 730 to 1530 m elevation, all in upper and lower montane forest on the western edge of the Amazon Basin. See comment regarding Guiana Shield populations. 


See Duellman, 1973, Copeia, 1973: 523–526, for discussion of this species as understood prior to 2014. Duellman, 1978, Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 65: 140–142, provided a brief account including characterization of call and tadpole. Lescure and Marty, 2000, Collect. Patrimoines Nat., Paris, 45: 128-129, provided a brief account and photo for a currently unnamed, but related species in French Guiana Rodríguez and Duellman, 1994, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 22: 26–27, provided a brief account for the Iquitos region of northeastern Peru as Hyla fasciata. In the Hypsiboas albopunctatus group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 86. See account for a related but currently unnamed Surinam species by Ouboter and Jairam, 2012, Amph. Suriname: 146-147. See Cole, Townsend, Reynolds, MacCulloch, and Lathrop, 2013, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 125: 404-405, for brief account and records for Guyana for a currently unnamed but related species. Caminer and Ron, 2014, ZooKeys, 370: 1-68, provided an account and revised and redelimited the species, excluding most of the reported specimens upon which the earlier literature was based as assignable to Hypsiboas maculateralis, Hypsiboas alfaroi, and Hypsiboas tetete. A number of unnamed species in Peru, the Guianas, Venezuela, Colombia, and Bolivia have been confused with this species and Hypsiboas calcaratus; see Caminer and Ron, 2014, ZooKeys, 370: 1-68, and Acosta-Galvis, Lasso, and Morales-Betancourt, 2018, Check List, 14: 549–554, for discussion. Meza-Joya, Ramos-Pallares, and Hernández-Jaimes, 2019, Herpetol. Notes, 12: 391–400, examined specimens identified as Boana fasciata from Colombia and found them to be Boana tetete and Boana maculateralisFouquet, Vidal, and Dewynter, 2019, Zoosystema, 41: 369, reported the nominal species ("Boana cf. fasciata") from the Mitaraka Massif in southwestern French Guiana, on the border with Amapá, Brazil, but noted that it likely represents an unnamed relative of Boana tetete and Boana alfaroi

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