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.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay


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. Ferro, Gatto, Netto, Resquín, Costa, Martí, Lourenço, and Baldo, 2023, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 139: 30–38, reported on the geographic distribution of B chromosomes. Santos, Feio, and Nomura, 2023, Biota Neotrop., 23 (3:e20231486): 1–43, characterized tadpole morphology as part of an identification key to the tadpoles of the Brazilian Cerrado. Vicente-Ferreira, Nascimento, Batista, Kardush, Reyes, and Garey, 2024, Biota Neotrop., 24(1: e20231526): 1–17, provided records from the Refúgio Biológico Bela Vista, Paraná, southern Brazil (adjacent to the Paraguay border), as well as providing identification keys to these species based on larval and adult morphology.      

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