Boana platanera Escalona Sulbarán, La Marca, Castellanos, Fouquet, Crawford, Rojas-Runjaic, Giaretta, Señaris, and Castroviejo-Fisher, 2021

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

Boana platanera Escalona Sulbarán, La Marca, Castellanos-Montero, Fouquet, Crawford, Rojas-Runjaic, Giaretta, Señaris, and Castroviejo-Fisher, 2021, Zootaxa, 4981: 413. Holotype: ULABG 7758, by original designation. Type locality: "2 km of La Soledad, on the road from Barinitas to Santo Domingo, Barinas state, Venezuela (08º48’26’’ N, 70º30’46’’ W [datum: WGS 84]; 947 m asl; . . .)". 

English Names

Banana Tree Dwelling Frog (original publication). 

Distribution

Widely distributed at low elevation from central Panama and Colombia (except for the Pacific Coastal plain, southeast of a line from eastern Arauca to southern Meta and thence to Casanare and northern Huila), in Venezuela north of the Orinoco River (states of Anzoátegui, Apure, Aragua, Barinas, Carabobo, Cojedes, Distrito Capital, Lara, Mérida, Miranda, Portuguesa, Sucre, Táchira, Trujillo, Vargas, Yaracuy, and Zulia), and onto the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Comment

External morphology, molecular markers, and advertisement call detailed in the original publication, where this species was differentiated out of Boana xerophylla, placed in the Boana faber group, and literature reviewed to denote previous misidentifications. Kenny, 1969, Stud. Fauna Curaçao and other Caribb. Is., 29: 38–40, and Murphy, 1997, Amph. Rept. Trinidad Tobago: 66–67, provided accounts for the Trinidad and Tobago populations (as Hyla crepitans).  Lynch and Suárez-Mayorga, 2001, Caldasia, 23: 491–507, discussed the Colombian range of the species (as Hyla crepitans).  Ovalle-Pacheco, Camacho-Rozo, and Arroyo, 2019, Check List, 15: 396, reported the species (as Boana xerophylla) from Boyacá, Colombia, and commented on the range in Colombia. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 232–235, provided a brief summary of natural history for the species of Hypsiboas in Central America and provided a range map and photograph for this species, as Hypsiboas crepitansSeñaris and Rojas-Runjaic, 2020, in Rull and Carnaval (eds.), Neotrop. Divers. Patterns Process.: 571–632, commented on range and conservation status (as Boana xerophylla) in the Venezuelan Guayana. See comment under Boana xerophylla for access to literature that may address this species prior to its recognition separate from Boana xerophylla

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