Boana ornatissima (Noble, 1923)

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

Hyla ornatissima Noble, 1923, Zoologica, New York, 3: 291. Holotype: AMNH 13491, by original designation. Type locality: "Meamu, Mazaruni R., British Guiana".

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

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

English Names

Ornate Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 57).


Guianas (Suriname, French Guiana, Guyana, and the states of Bolívar, Mongas and Delta Amacuro in Venezuela) and Amapá, Brazil, to Guainía, Colombia.

Geographic Occurrence

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


Resurrected from the synonymy of Hyla granosa (now Boana cinerascens) by Hoogmoed, 1979, Zool. Verh., Leiden, 172: 15, where it had been placed by Rivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 101. Lynch and Vargas-Ramírez, 2001 "2000", Rev. Acad. Colomb. Cienc. Exact. Fis. Nat., 24: 588, provided the Colombian record. Lescure and Marty, 2000, Collect. Patrimoines Nat., Paris, 45: 134–135, provided a brief account and photo. Venezuelan record provided by Señaris and Vernet, 1997, Herpetol. Rev., 28: 207. Tentatives place in the Boana punctatus group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 88, but transferred to the Boana benitezi group by Faivovich, McDiarmid, and Myers, 2013, Am. Mus. Novit., 3792: 51. See account for Suriname population by Ouboter and Jairam, 2012, Amph. Suriname: 156–157. See Cole, Townsend, Reynolds, MacCulloch, and Lathrop, 2013, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 125: 407, for brief account and records for Guyana. Señaris, Lampo, Rojas-Runjaic, and Barrio-Amorós, 2014, Guía Ilust. Anf. Parque Nac. Canaima: 160–161, 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. Taucce, Costa-Campos, Carvalho, and Michalski, 2022, Eur. J. Taxon., 836: 96–130, reported on distribution, literature, and conservation status for Amapá, Brazil. 

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