Boana multifasciata (Günther, 1859)

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

Hyla multifasciata Günther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 101. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.23.6 (formerly 1851.12.26.14) according to Condit, 1964, J. Ohio Herpetol. Soc., 4: 93; currently BMNH records list 1936.12.3.114 and 1947.2.23.6 as syntypes although only one specimen is noted in the original publication; presumably this is 1947.2.23.6 (DRF). Type locality: "Para", Brazil; given as "Pará, provàvelmente Belém" by Bokermann, 1966, Lista Anot. Local. Tipo Anf. Brasil.: 56; stated as "Belém, Pará", Brazil, by Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 78.

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

Hyla multifasciataDuellman, 1974, Copeia, 1974: 286.

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

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

English Names

Many-banded Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 56).


Lowlands of eastern and southern Venezuela, through the Guianas to Ceará and Goiás, Rondônia, Pará, and Amapá, Brazil, limited by the Amazon, the Orinoco, and Rio Negro, 150 to 1400 m elevation. See comment. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela


Resurrected from the synonymy of Hyla albopunctata by Duellman, 1974, Copeia, 1974: 286, where it had been placed by Rivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 105 (who also provided an account). Reviewed by de Sá, 1996, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 624: 1-4. Duellman, 1974, Copeia, 1974: 286, noted that Lutz, 1973, Brazil. Spec. Hyla: 41, referred specimen of Hyla multifasciata to her Hyla daudini, which was coined as a replacement name for "Hyla boans Daudin". Duellman, 1997, Sci. Pap. Nat. Hist. Mus. Univ. Kansas, 2: 18–19, commented on a population in southern Venezuela. Lescure and Marty, 2000, Collect. Patrimoines Nat., Paris, 45: 112-113, provided a brief account and photo. See comments regarding distribution of Venezuelan population by Gorzula and Señaris, 1999 "1998", Scient. Guaianae, 8: 34-35. In the Hypsiboas albopunctatus group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 86. Loebmann, Prado, Haddad, Bastos, and Guimarães, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 476, provided records from Ceará and Goiás, Brazil. See account for Suriname population by Ouboter and Jairam, 2012, Amph. Suriname: 154-155. See Cole, Townsend, Reynolds, MacCulloch, and Lathrop, 2013, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 125: 406-407, for brief account and records for Guyana. Señaris, Lampo, Rojas-Runjaic, and Barrio-Amorós, 2014, Guía Ilust. Anf. Parque Nac. Canaima: 158–159, provided a photograph and a brief account for the Parque Nacional de Canaima, Venezuela. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 65, for comments on range, systematics, and literature. 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. Fouquet, Marinho, Réjaud, Carvalho, Caminer, Jansen, Rainha, Rodrigues, Werneck, Lima, Hrbek, Giaretta, Venegas, Chávez, and Ron, 2021, Syst. Biodiversity, 19: Supplemental Appendix 5, suggested that populations in the Guiana Shield (their Boana aff. albopunctata 2, Pará, Brazil (their Boana aff. albopunctata 4), and Rondônia, Brazil (their Boana aff. albopunctata 1) belong to unnamed species. Mittan-Moreau, Zamudio, Thomé, Camurugi, Colli, Garda, Haddad, and Prado, 2022, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 175 (107579): 1–11, detected a cryptic species associated with this lineage. Taucce, Costa-Campos, Carvalho, and Michalski, 2022, Eur. J. Taxon., 836: 112, noted that records from Amapá, Brazil, apply to an unnamed candidate species. They also reported on distribution, literature, and conservation status for Amapá, Brazil.  

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