Boana albomarginata (Spix, 1824)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Hylinae > Genus: Boana > Species: Boana albomarginata

Hyla albomarginata Spix, 1824, Animal. Nova Spec. Nov. Test. Ran. Brasil.: 33. Type(s): Not specifically designated, but including animal figured on pl. 8, fig. 1 of the original publication; holotype is ZSM 2370/0 according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 26; Hoogmoed and Gruber, 1983, Spixiana, München, Suppl., 9: 365, who reported it lost; and Glaw and Franzen, 2006, Spixiana, München, 29: 165, who confirmed its loss. Type locality: "Provincia Bahiae", Brazil. Restricted to "Salvador" or "Ilheus", Bahia, Brazil by Bokermann, 1966, Lista Anot. Local. Tipo Anf. Brasil.: 44.

Hyla punctata Wied-Neuwied, 1824, Abbild. Naturgesch. Brasil., Heft 7: pl. 42. Types: Including animal figured on pl. 42, fig. 3 of original publication; see comments by Vanzolini and Myers, 2015, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 395: 70. Type locality: "Gegend der Frazenda von Vareda unweit der Gränzen von Minas Geraës", Brazil. Not Calamita punctata Schneider, 1799. Synonymy by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 356. 

Hyla infulata Wied-Neuwied, 1824, Isis von Oken, 14: 671. Replacement name for Hyla punctata Wied; see comments by Vanzolini and Myers, 2015, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 395: 70–72. 

Hyla raddiana Fitzinger, 1826, Neue Class. Rept.: 63. Replacement name for Hyla lateralis Raddi, 1823. See comment.

Hypsiboas albomarginatusWagler, 1830, Nat. Syst. Amph.: 201.

Auletris infulataWagler, 1830, Nat. Syst. Amph.: 201.

Hypsiboas (Phyllobius) albomarginatusFitzinger, 1843, Syst. Rept.: 30.

Hyla (Centrotelma) infulataBurmeister, 1856, Erläut. Fauna Brasil.: 97.

Phyllobius albomarginatusFitzinger, 1861 "1860", Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wien, Phys. Math. Naturwiss. Kl., 42: 412.

Phyllobius exanthematicus Fitzinger, 1861 "1860", Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wien, Phys. Math. Naturwiss. Kl., 42: 413. Syntypes: NHMW 6465,1–3 according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 26, and Häupl and Tiedemann, 1978, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 2: 26. Type locality: "Brasilien". Nomen nudum. Synonymy by Steindachner, 1867, Reise Österreichischen Fregatte Novara, Zool., Amph.: 57; Nieden, 1923, Das Tierreich, 46: 260.

Hyla exanthematicaFitzinger, 1861 "1860", Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wien, Phys. Math. Naturwiss. Kl., 42: 413.

Hyla Massarti De Witte, 1930, in Massart (ed.), Miss. Biol. Belge Brésil, 2: 225. Holotype: IRSNB 1.025 according to Lang, 1990, Doc. Trav., Inst. R. Sci. Nat. Belg., 59: 8. Previously reported as MRHN (now IRSNB) 75 by Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 27. Type locality: "Rio de Janeiro (Jardin Botanique)", Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Synonymy by Cochran, 1955 "1954", Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 206: 164.

Hypsiboas albomarginatusFaivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 87.

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

English Names

White-banded Tree Frog (Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 116; Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 55).

White-edged Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 53).


Atlantic forests of eastern Brazil from Paraiba to Santa Catarina. Records from the Caribbean lowlands of Colombia to Guianas, and lower Amazon Basin, apparently are based on misidentifications (see comment). 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil

Endemic: Brazil


In the Hypsiboas faber group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 87. It is highly likely that the populations along the Caribbean lowlands are either specifically distinct (Duellman, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 123) or misidentified Boana punctata or Boana cinerascens (M. Hoogmoed, personal communication, 12 Dec 2018) or other species; Hoogmoed, 1979, Zool. Verh., Leiden, 172: 5, noted that nominal records of Boana albomarginata from Guyana are referable to Boana sibleszi or Boana granosa. See account by Rivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 99. Hoogmoed and Gruber, 1983, Spixiana, München, Suppl., 9: 365, suggested that specimens from north of the Amazon River were likely referable to Hyla granosa. Lescure and Marty, 2000, Collect. Patrimoines Nat., Paris, 45: 305, noted that this species has not yet been taken in French Guiana. Izecksohn and Carvalho-e-Silva, 2001, Anf. Municipio Rio de Janeiro: 44, provided a brief account and photo. Various authors have treated Hyla lateralis Raddi, (Raddi, 1823, Mem. Mat. Fis. Soc. Ital. Sci. Modena, 19: 67) "Holotype: MZUF. Type locality: "contorni de Rio-janeiro", Brazil. Given as Vicinity of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by Bokermann, 1965, Neotropica, 11: 10), as a junior primary homonym of Hyla lateralis Daudin (such as Bokermann, 1965, Neotropica, 11: 10, who removed it from the synonymy of Hyla pulchella where it had been placed by Steindachner, 1864, Verh. Zool. Bot. Ges. Wien, 14: 241). Raddi makes it clear in text that he regarded the name Hyla lateralis to be that of Daudin and had no intention of coining a new name, even though he likely was referring to specimens of another species—DRF. Giasson and Haddad, 2006, J. Herpetol., 40: 171–180, discussed acoustics.  Juncá, 2006, Biota Neotrop., 6: 1–17, briefly summarized the presence of this species in the Serra da Jibóia region, Bahia, Brazil, and its habitat. Dubeux, Silva, Nascimento, Gonçalves, and Mott, 2019, Rev. Nordestina Zool., 12: 18–52, summarized the literature on larval morphology. See Dubeux, Nascimento, Lima, Magalhães, Silva, Gonçalves, Almeida, Correia, Garda, Mesquita, Rossa-Feres, and Mott, 2020, Biota Neotrop., 20 (2: e20180718): 1–24, for characterization and identification of larvae north of the Rio São Francisco in the Atlantic Forest of northeastern Brazil. Reported from the Environmental Protection Area of Catolé and Fernão Velho, Alagoas, Brazil, by Dubeux, Nascimento, Gonçalves, and Mott, 2021, Pap. Avulsos Zool., São Paulo, 61 (e20216176): 1–10, who provided a key to the frogs of that region. Palmeira, Gonçalves, Dubeux, Lima, Lambertini, Valencia-Aguilar, Jenkinson, James, Toledo, and Mott, 2022, Cuad. Herpetol., 36: 65–75, reported on habitat in Natural Heritage Reserve Mata Estrela, Baía Formosa, Rio Grande do Norte state, Brazil. Manzano, Takeno, and Sawaya, 2022, Zootaxa, 5178: 453–472, reported on the advertisement call from Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar and Ubatube Municipality, Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

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