Boana albopunctata (Spix, 1824)

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

Calamita fasciatus Schneider, 1799, Hist. Amph. Nat.: 172. Holotype: in "Musei Ducalis Brunovicinsis", by original designation, current location unknown. Type locality: Not stated. Synonymy by Tschudi, 1838, Classif. Batr.: 72. A nomen dubium and nomen oblitum according to Nieden, 1923, Das Tierreich, 46: 316. Previously considered a synonym of Hyla boans Linnaeus and Hyla lactea Laurenti by Daudin, 1800, Hist. Nat. Quad. Ovip., Livr. 1: 15.

Hyla boans Latreille in Sonnini de Manoncourt and Latreille, 1801 "An. X", Hist. Nat. Rept., 2: 184. Types: Not designated, although presumably originally in MNHNP. Type locality: "Surinam". Preoccupied by Rana boans Linnaeus, 1758. Synonymy by Duellman, 1971, Herpetologica, 27: 398–399.

Hyla albopunctata Spix, 1824, Animal. Nova Spec. Nov. Test. Ran. Brasil.: 33. Type(s): Not specifically designated, although including animal figured on pl. 6, fig. 5 of the original. Holotype was in ZSM, now lost according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 27, and confirmed by Glaw and Franzen, 2006, Spixiana, München, 29: 166; KU 100000 designated neotype by Duellman, 1971, Herpetologica, 27: 402. Type locality: Not stated, although clearly Brazil; by implication; considered to likely have come from "São Paulo" or "Minas Gerais", Brazil, by Bokermann, 1966, Lista Anot. Local. Tipo Anf. Brasil.: 44. Neotype from "Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil". Placed on the List of Official Names in Zoology by Opinion 1029, Anonymous, 1974, Bull. Zool. Nomencl., 31: 188–189.

Auletris boansWagler, 1830, Nat. Syst. Amph.: 201. Based on specimens of Hyla multifasciata according to de Sá, 1996, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 624: 1–4.

Hypsiboas boansTschudi, 1838, Classif. Batr.: 72.

Hyla (Hyla) boansBurmeister, 1856, Erläut. Fauna Brasil.: 108.

Hyla oxyrhina Reinhardt and Lütken, 1862 "1861", Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., Ser. 2, 3: 189. Syntypes: ZMUC (11 specimens), by original designation; specimens now deployed as BMNH 1936.12.3.144 (formerly 1936.12.13.144, according to Condit, 1964, J. Ohio Herpetol. Soc., 4: 93), NHMW 22874 (according to Häupl and Tiedemann, 1978, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 2: 19, and Häupl, Tiedemann, and Grillitsch, 1994, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 9: 23), as well as SMF 4772 (2 specimens) and ZMUC 1433–35 according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 27. Type locality: "Minas og Lagoa Santa", Minas Gerais, Brazil. Synonymy by Peters, 1872, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1872: 207; Duellman, 1971, Herpetologica, 27: 401.

Hyla spectrum Reinhardt and Lütken, 1862 "1861", Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., Ser. 2, 3: 195. Holotype: ZMUC 1437, according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 27. Type locality: not stated; given as "Lagoa Santa, Minas Gerais", Brazil, by Bokermann, 1966, Lista Anot. Local. Tipo Anf. Brasil.: 62, and as "Lagoa Santa, Minas Gereias" by museum records (personal commun., H. Kristensen, 24 Nov. 2010). Synonymy by Bokermann, 1968, Rev. Brasil. Biol., 28: 327–329.

Hyla (Hypsiboas) oxyrhinaCope, 1863, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 15: 48.

Hypsiboas spectrumCope, 1867, J. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, Ser. 2, 6: 200.

Hypsiboas albipunctatusCope, 1867, J. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, Ser. 2, 6: 200. Error for Hypsiboas albopunctatus.

Hyla albopunctata albopunctataRivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 105.

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

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

English Names

Fasciated Frog (Trade name).

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

Yellow-spotted Treefrog (Eterovick and Sazima, 2004, Anf. Serra do Cipó: 39).


Central, southern, and southeastern Brazil; northeastern Argentina (Misiones and Corrientes provinces); northern Uruguay; eastern Bolivia (Santa Cruz, Beni, and Pando); eastern Paraguay.


In the Hypsiboas albopunctatus group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 86. See Cei, 1980, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Monogr., 2: 462–463. See comment under Scinax nebulosus. See account by Heyer, Rand, Cruz, Peixoto, and Nelson, 1990, Arq. Zool., São Paulo, 31: 256–257. Reviewed by de Sá, 1995, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 602: 1–5. Kopp, Santos, Trevisan, Spies, and Cechin, 2002, Herpetol. Rev., 33: 220, provided a range extension into Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and commented on the range. Kwet, Solé, Miranda, Melchiors, Naya, and Maneyro, 2002, Bol. Asoc. Herpetol. Esp., 13: 15–19, reported the species in Uruguay and commented on the advertisement call. De la Riva, Márquez, and Bosch, 1997, Bonn. Zool. Beitr., 47: 175–185, reported on the call. Achaval and Olmos, 2003, Anf. Rept. Uruguay, ed. 2: 38, provided a brief account and photograph for the Uruguay population. Canelas and Bertoluci, 2007, Iheringia, Zool., 97: 21–26, provided a record for the Serra do Caraça, southern end of the Serra do Espinhaço, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Brusquetti and Lavilla, 2006, Cuad. Herpetol., 20: 9, briefly discussed the range in Paraguay. Freitas, Silva, and Fonseca, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 476, provided a record for Bahia, Brazil. Jansen, Vidoz, and Helmig, 2008, Herpetol. Rev., 39: 106, provided a record for Beni Province, Bolivia, and discussed the records in Bolivia. Eterovick and Sazima, 2004, Anf. Serra do Cipó: 39–40, provided a photograph and brief account (as Hyla albopunctata). Cruz, Feio, and Caramaschi, 2009, Anf. Ibitipoca: 92–93, provided photographs and a brief account for Parque Estadual do Ibitipoca, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Prado, Haddad, and Zamudio, 2012, Mol. Ecol., 21: 921–941, reported on Pleistocene phylogeography and noted deep divergences within the Cerrado part of the range. Vieira, Guerra Batista, and Bastos, 2016, Zoologia, Curitiba, 33 (2: e20150037): 1–10, reported on vocalization in sympatry with Boana paranaiba, and in allopatry. Furtado, Santos, Dias, Bastos, and Nomura, 2016, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 11: 136–147, reported on vocal repertoire. Neves, Yves, Pereira Silva, Alves, Vasques, Coelho, and Silva, 2019, Herpetozoa, Wien, 32: 113–123, provided habitat information and a record for western Minas Gerais, Brazil. Rossa-Feres and Nomura, 2006 "2005", Biota Neotrop., São Paulo, 6 (2: bn00706012006): 1–24, characterized and provided a key to the larvae of northwestern São Paulo state, Brazil. Weiler, Núñez, Airaldi, Lavilla, Peris, and Baldo, 2013, Anf. Paraguay: 61, provided a brief account, image, and dot map for Paraguay. Vaz-Silva, Maciel, Nomura, Morais, Guerra Batista, Santos, Andrade, Oliveira, Brandão, and Bastos, 2020, Guia Ident. Anf. Goiás e Dist. Fed. Brasil Central: 41, provided an account. Eterovick, Souza, and Sazima, 2020, Anf. Serra do Cipó: 1–292, provided an account, life history information, and an identification scheme for the Serra de Cipó, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Alves-Ferreira, Paixão, and Nomura, 2021, Biota Neotrop., 21 (4: e20201178): 1–11, reported on larval morphology in Goias, Brazil. Pezzuti, Leite, Rossa-Feres, and Garcia, 2021, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 22 (Special Issue): 1–109, described and discussed larval morphology and natural history. Manzano, Takeno, and Sawaya, 2022, Zootaxa, 5178: 453–472, reported on the advertisement call from Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar and Ipanema National Forest, Sao Paulo, Brazil.         

External links:

Please note: these links will take you to external websites not affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History. We are not responsible for their content.