Boana polytaenia (Cope, 1870)

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

Hyla polytaenia Cope, 1870 "1869", Proc. Am. Philos. Soc., 11: 164. Holotype: MCZ 906 according to the original publication. Now renumbered MCZ 1544, but including two specimens according to Barbour and Loveridge, 1929, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 69: 280. Type locality: "Brazil".

Hyla striata Peters, 1872, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1872: 681. Syntypes: ZMB 7465 (2 specimens) according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 86, and Bauer, Günther, and Klipfel, 1995, in Bauer et al. (eds.), Herpetol. Contr. W.C.H. Peters: 42. Type locality: "Neu-Freiburg" (= Novo Friburgo), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; by implication. Synonymy by Cope, 1875 "1876", J. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, Ser. 2, 8: 106; Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 394.

Hyla polytaeniaBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 394.

Hyla polytaenia polytaeniaLutz, 1968, Pearce-Sellards Ser., 12: 9.

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

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

English Names

Cope's Eastern Paraguay Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 57).


Southern sector of the Mantiqueira and in the Serra do Mar mountain ranges of Rio de Janeiro and southern Minas Gerais, Brazil. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil

Endemic: Brazil


In the Hyla pulchella group, Hyla polytaenia clade of Faivovich, Garcia, Ananias, Lanari, Basso, and Wheeler, 2004, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 32: 944. See Hypsiboas goiana and Hypsiboas cipoensisCei, 1980, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Monogr., 2: 479–480. See comment under Hypsiboas caingua. See Cruz and Caramaschi, 1998, Bol. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, N.S., Zool., 392: 1–19, for account and redefinition. In the Hypsiboas pulchellus group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 87–88. Brusquetti and Lavilla, 2006, Cuad. Herpetol., 20: 22–23, suggested that earlier reports of this species in Paraguary are based on misidentified Hypsiboas cainguaOrrico and Luna-Dias, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 358, provided (as Boana beckeri) a new locality in Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Orrico, Mongin, and Carvalho-e-Silva, 2007, Zootaxa, 1531: 25–37, reported (as Boana latistriata) on larval morphology. Canelas and Bertoluci, 2007, Iheringia, Zool., 97: 21–26, provided a record for the Serra do Caraça, southern end of the Serra do Espinhaço, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Orrico, Mongin, and Carvalho-e-Silva, 2007, Zootaxa, 1531: 25–37, reported on larval morphology.  Acioli and Toledo, 2008, Check List, 4: 182–184, discussed and described advertisement call, range (as Boana beckeri), and provided a new record for southern Minas Gerais, Brazil, as well as describing the advertisement call. Cruz, Feio, and Caramaschi, 2009, Anf. Ibitipoca: 96–97, provided photographs and a brief account for Parque Estadual do Ibitipoca, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Pinheiro, Pezzuti, and Garcia, 2012, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 7: 123–133, reported on larval morphology and vocalizations.  Martins, Giaretta, Carvalho, and Miwa, 2016, Phyllomedusa, 15: 51–64, reported on vocalizations (as Boana beckeri) and provided a record from the state of São Paulo (Municipality of Águas da Prata). Luna-Dias, Ruggeri, and Carvalho-e-Silva, 2019, Herpetol. Notes, 12: 537–542, reported (as Boana bandeirantes) on larval oral cavity morphology and provided a record for the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Luna-Dias and Carvalho-e-Silva, 2019, ZooKeys, 820: 83–94, reported (as Boana latistriata) on calls. Luna-Dias, Ruggeri, and Carvalho-e-Silva, 2019, Herpetol. Notes, 12: 537–542, reported on larval oral cavity morphology. Eterovick, Souza, and Sazima, 2020, Anf. Serra do Cipó: 1–292, provided an account, life history information, and an identification scheme for the Serra de Cipó, Minas Gerais, Brazil. See comments under Boana beckeri, Boana bandereites, and Boana latistriata for access to literature on taxonomic instability of this group plus Boana polytaeniaPezzuti, Leite, Rossa-Feres, and Garcia, 2021, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 22 (Special Issue): 1–109, described and discussed larval morphology of Boana aff. polytaenia and natural history. 

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