Boana atlantica (Caramaschi and Velosa, 1996)

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

Hyla atlantica Caramaschi and Velosa, 1996, Bol. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, N.S., Zool., 365: 2. Holotype: MNRJ 17092, by original designation. Type locality: "Brasil, Bahia, Município de Itabuna, Comissão Executiva do Plano da Lavoura Cacaueira—CEPLAC (aprox. 14° 55′ S, 39° 25′ W)".

Hypsiboas atlanticusFaivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 88.

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

English Names

None noted.


Known from a narrow range in the northeastern Atlantic Rainforest in the states of Bahia (municipalities of Aurelino Leal, Camamu, Uruçuca, Ilheus, Nilo Peçanha, and Camamul) as well as in Alagoas (Maceió municipality) and Pernambuco (Paulista municipality). 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil

Endemic: Brazil


Similar to Hyla punctata according to the original publication. Silvano and Pimenta, 2002, Herpetol. Rev., 33: 145, provided the records beyond the type locality. In the Hypsiboas punctata group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 88. Napoli and Cruz, 2005, Arq. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, 63: 283–288, reported on the advertisement call. Camarugi, Röhr, and Juncá, 2015, Herpetologica, 71: 243–251, reported on microhabitat variation in calls.  Taboada, Brunetti, Alexandre, Lagorio, and Faivovich, 2017, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 12: 1–13, discussed fluorescence of this species under UV-A/blue light. Lima, Dubeux, Nascimento, Bruschi, and Mott, 2019, Amphibia-Reptilia, 40: 511–521, discussed the range and suggested on the basis of mtDNA and karyological analysis that the the nominal species, an unnamed lineage in Alagoas and Pernambuco, Brazil, with the named lineage falling within a tree of Boana punctata, which they suggested was a complex. 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.     

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