Dendropsophus minusculus (Rivero, 1971)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Dendropsophinae > Genus: Dendropsophus > Species: Dendropsophus minusculus

Hyla minuscula Rivero, 1971, Caribb. J. Sci., 11: 1. Holotype: UPRM 3377, by original designation. Type locality: "Nirgua, Edo. Yaracay, Venezuela".

Dendropsophus minusculusFaivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 92.

English Names

Rivero's Tiny Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 56).

Pallid Dwarf Treefrog (Hedges, Powell, Henderson, Hanson, and Murphy, 2019, Caribb. Herpetol., 67: 13). 


Llanos of eastern Meta (Colombia) and lowland savannas of southeastern Venezuela eastward through Guianas to Belém, Brazil.


Similar to Hyla microcephala according to the original publication and likely in the Hyla microcephala group according to Langone and Basso, 1987, Comun. Zool. Mus. Hist. Nat. Montevideo, 11: 1-17. Kok, 2000, Brit. Herpetol. Soc. Bull., 71: 6, reported the species from French Guiana. Lescure and Marty, 2000, Collect. Patrimoines Nat., Paris, 45: 152-153, provided a photo and brief account for Guiana. See comments regarding distribution of Venezuelan population by Gorzula and Señaris, 1999 "1998", Scient. Guaianae, 8: 33-34. Hoogmoed and Gorzula, 1979, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 54: 191-192, posited that this taxon might be conspecific or a subspecies of Hyla nana. Murphy, 1997, Amph. Rept. Trinidad Tobago: 69-70, provided a brief account for Trinidad. In the Dendropsophus microcephalus group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 91-92. See account for Surinam population by Ouboter and Jairam, 2012, Amph. Suriname: 122-123. See Cole, Townsend, Reynolds, MacCulloch, and Lathrop, 2013, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 125: 401, for brief account and records for Guyana. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 74–75, for comments on range, systematics, and literature. Fouquet, Vidal, and Dewynter, 2019, Zoosystema, 41: 368–369, reported the species from the Mitaraka Massif in southwestern French Guiana, on the border with Amapá, Brazil, and noted it to be a species complex. 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. 

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