Boana calcarata (Troschel, 1848)

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

Hyla calcarata Troschel, 1848, in Schomburgk (ed.), Reisen Britisch-Guiana, 3: 660. Type(s): Not designated and likely now lost (see Cystignathus schomburkii). Type locality: "Britisch-Guiana" (= Guyana).

Hypsiboas calcaratusCope, 1867, J. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, Ser. 2, 6: 200; Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 86.

Hyla leptoscelis Boulenger, 1918, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 9, 2: 432. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.23.10 (formerly 1915.3.9.18) according to Condit, 1964, J. Ohio Herpetol. Soc., 4: 91. Type locality: "Lago do Iachy, above São Paolo Clinenca, Rio Solimoens, Brazil" [= Tachy, above São Paulo Olivença, Rio Solimoes, Amazonas, Brazil]. Synonymy by Duellman, 1973, Copeia, 1973: 522.

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

English Names

Troschel's Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 54).

Blue-flanked Treefrog (Kok and Kalamandeen, 2008, Intr. Taxon. Amph. Kaieteur Natl. Park: 166).

Convict Treefrog (Villacampa-Ortega, Serrano-Rojas, and Whitworth, 2017, Amph. Manu Learning Cent.: 158).


Below 700 m elevation in French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Amapá (Brazil) and the Amazon Basin of southern Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, southeastern Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru and adjacent Acre, Brazil, elevations sea level to 650 m. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela


In the Hyla geographica group of Duellman, 1973, Copeia, 1973: 522–523. Duellman, 1978, Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 65: 137–139, provided a brief account including characterization of call and tadpole. Rodríguez and Duellman, 1994, Univ. Kansas Mus. Nat. Hist. Spec. Publ., 22: 26, provided a brief account for the Iquitos region of northeastern Peru as Hyla calcarataLescure and Marty, 2000, Collect. Patrimoines Nat., Paris, 45: 122–123, provided a brief account and photo. In the Hypsiboas albopunctatus group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 86. Kok and Kalamandeen, 2008, Intr. Taxon. Amph. Kaieteur Natl. Park: 166-167, provided an account. Duellman, 2005, Cusco Amazonico: 204–205, provided an account (adult and larval morphology, description of the call, life history). Fouquet, Gilles, Vences, Marty, Blanc, and Gemmell, 2007, PLoS One, 10 (e1109): 1–10, provided molecular evidence that this is a species complex. Bernarde, Machado, and Turci, 2011, Biota Neotrop., 11: 117–144, reported specimens from Reserva Extrativista Riozinho da Liberdade, Acre, Brazil. See account for Suriname population by Ouboter and Jairam, 2012, Amph. Suriname: 134–135. See Cole, Townsend, Reynolds, MacCulloch, and Lathrop, 2013, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 125: 403, for brief account and records for Guyana. See detailed account by Caminer and Ron, 2014, ZooKeys, 370: 17–26, who addressed systematics, disribution, and conservation status. Meza-Joya, Ramos-Pallares, and Hernández-Jaimes, 2019, Herpetol. Notes, 12: 391–400, provided molecular evidence for the presence of this species in Colombia. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 63, for comments on range, taxonomy, and literature. Vacher, Chave, Ficetola, Sommeria-Klein, Tao, Thébaud, Blanc, Camacho, Cassimiro, Colston, Dewynter, Ernst, Gaucher, Gomes, Jairam, Kok, Lima, Martinez, Marty, Noonan, Nunes, Ouboter, Recoder, Rodrigues, Snyder, Marques-Souza, and Fouquet, 2020, J. Biogeograph., 47: 1786, suggested that this nominal taxon contains at least two lineages, one in southeastern Peru to southern Amazonia. Señaris and Rojas-Runjaic, 2020, in Rull and Carnaval (eds.), Neotrop. Divers. Patterns Process.: 571–632, commented on range and conservation status in the Venezuelan Guayana. See brief account for the Manu region, Peru, by Villacampa-Ortega, Serrano-Rojas, and Whitworth, 2017, Amph. Manu Learning Cent.: 158–159. Metcalf, Marsh, Torres Pacaya, Graham, and Gunnels, 2020, Herpetol. Notes, 13: 753–767, reported the species from the Santa Cruz Forest Reserve, Loreto, northeastern Peru. Camper, Torres-Carvajal, Ron, Nilsson, Arteaga-Navarro, Knowles, and Arbogast, 2021, Check List, 17: 729–751, provided a record from Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary, Napo Province, Ecuador. Rainha, Martinez, Moraes, Castro, Réjaud, Fouquet, Leite, Rodrigues, and Werneck, 2021, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 134: 177–197, included this species in their Boana calcarata clade and discussed phylogenetics (including noting an unnamed lineage) and the influence of subtle environmental factors on geographic variation in morphology. Taucce, Costa-Campos, Carvalho, and Michalski, 2022, Eur. J. Taxon., 836: 96–130, reported on distribution, literature, and conservation status for Amapá, Brazil. Schiesari, Rossa-Feres, Menin, and Hödl, 2022, Zootaxa, 5223: 40–41, detailed larval morphology and natural history in central Amazonia, Brazil. 

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