Acris Duméril and Bibron, 1841

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Hylinae > Genus: Acris
3 species

Acris Duméril and Bibron, 1841, Erp. Gen., 6: 506. Type species: Rana gryllus LeConte, 1825, by subsequent designation of Fitzinger, 1843, Syst. Rept.: 31.

English Names

Cricket Toads (Fowler, 1907, Annu. Rep. N.J. State Mus. for 1906: 99).

Cricket Frogs (Jordan, 1878, Man. Vert. North. U.S., Ed. 2: 190; Conant, Cagle, Goin, Lowe, Neill, Netting, Schmidt, Shaw, Stebbins, and Bogert, 1956, Copeia, 1956: 176; Collins, Huheey, Knight, and Smith, 1978, Herpetol. Circ., 7: 10; Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 16; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 51; Collins, 1997, Herpetol. Circ., 25: 11; Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 6; Frost, McDiarmid, and Mendelson, 2008, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 37: 2; Frost, McDiarmid, Mendelson, and Green, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 11; Frost, Lemmon, McDiarmid, and Mendelson, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 6).


USA east of the Rocky Mountains; southern Ontario (Pt. Pelee), Canada; northern Coahuila, Mexico.


See comment under Pseudacris ocularis regarding nomenclature. Dessauer and Nevo, 1969, Biochem. Genet., 3: 171-188, discussed geographical variation in biochemical markers and discussed biogeographic differentiation. In Hylini of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 98. Gamble, Berendzen, Shaffer, Starkey, and Simons, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 48: 112–125, redelimited the species on the basis of molecular evidence. Elliot, Gerhardt, and Davidson, 2009, Frogs and Toads of N. Am.: 114–117, provided an account, photos, and advertisement call. Micancin and Wiley, 2014, Evol. Biol., 41: 425–438, discussed allometric convergence, acoustic character displacement, and species recognition in syntopic Acris crepitans and Acris gryllus in North Carolina, USA. 

Contained taxa (3 sp.):

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