Atlantihyla spinipollex (Schmidt, 1936)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Hylinae > Genus: Atlantihyla > Species: Atlantihyla spinipollex

Hyla spinipollex Schmidt, 1936, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 49: 45. Holotype: MCZ 21300, by original designation. Type locality: "mountains behind Ceiba, [Departamento] Atlantidad, Honduras".

Ptychohyla spinipollexStuart, 1954, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 67: 157–178; Stuart, 1954, Contrib. Lab. Vert. Biol. Univ. Michigan, 68: 48.

Ptychohyla merazi Wilson and McCranie, 1989, Herpetologica, 45: 10. Holotype: KU 204213, by original designation. Type locality: "Quebrada de Oro (15° 38′ N, 86° 47′ W), elevation 880 m, tributary of Rio Viejo, south slope of Cerro Búfalo, Cordillera de Nombre de Dios, Depto. Atlántida, Honduras". Synonymy by McCranie and Wilson, 1993, Southwest. Nat., 38: 100–105.

Atlantihyla spinipollex — Faivovich, Pereyra, Luna, Hertz, Blotto, Vásquez-Almazán, McCranie, Sánchez, Baêta, Araujo-Vieira, Köhler, Kubicki, Campbell, Frost, Wheeler, and Haddad, 2018, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 13: 25.  

English Names

Ceiba Stream Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 63).


Lowland moist forest and cloud forest at elevations of 160–1580 m in the Cordillera Nombre de Dios east to the Parque Nacional Capiro y Calentura, Departamento Atlántida, Honduras.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Honduras

Endemic: Honduras


In the Ptychohyla euthysanota group. Most of the former reports of Ptychohyla spinipollex refer to Ptychohyla hypomykter; see McCranie and Wilson, 1993, Southwest. Nat., 38: 100–104, for summary of the problem. See accounts by Duellman, 2001, Hylid Frogs Middle Am., Ed. 2: 1014–1017, and McCranie and Wilson, 2002, Amph. Honduras: 320–324. McCranie, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 38, summarized the departmental distribution in Honduras. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 278. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 256–261, provided a brief summary of natural history and identification key for the species of Ptychohyla in Central America and provided a range map and photograph for this species. Atlantihyla melissa of the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Texiguat, Cordillera Nombre de Dios, Departments of Atlántida and Yoro, Honduras, was segregated from this nominal species by Townsend, Herrera-B., Hofmann, Luque-Montes, Ross, Dudek, Krygeris, Duchamp, and Wilson, 2020, Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 70: 731–756. 

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