Boana wavrini (Parker, 1936)

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

Hyla wavrini Parker, 1936, Bull. Mus. R. Hist. Nat. Belg., 12: 2. Holotype: IRSNB 1028 (formerly 459) according to Lang, 1990, Doc. Trav., Inst. R. Sci. Nat. Belg., 59: 8. Type locality: "Upper Orinoco, in the province of Amazonas, Venezuela".

Hyla miranda-ribeiri Melin, 1941, Göteborgs K. Vetensk. Vitterh. Samh. Handl., Ser. B, 1: 21. Holotype: NHMG 466, according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 40. Type locality: "Taracuá, Rio Uaupés, [Amazonas,] Brazil". Synonymy with Hyla boans by Duellman, 1971, Herpetologica, 27: 399. Synonymy (with Hyla wavrini) by Hoogmoed, 1990, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 64: 71–93.

Hyla miranda-ribeiroiDuellman, 2001, Hylid Frogs Middle Am., Ed. 2: 865. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Hypsiboas wavriniFaivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 89.

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

English Names

Upper Orinoco Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 58).


Low elevation Amazonian drainage of southeastern Colombia (Arauca, Vaupés, and Vichada), southern Venezuela (Amazonas), and central Amazonian Brazil (Amazonas, Roraima, Pará, Rondônia, and Mato Grosso), 0 to 400 m elevation; expected in northernmost Bolivia. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela

Likely/Controversially Present: Bolivia


See Martins and Moreira, 1991, Mem. Inst. Butantan, São Paulo, 53: 197–203, for larval morphology. In the Hyla boans group according to Duellman, 2001, Hylid Frogs Middle Am., Ed. 2: 859. Resurrected from the synonymy of Hyla boans by Hoogmoed, 1990, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 64: 71–93, where it had been placed by Cochran and Goin, 1970, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 288: 199. See account by Rivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 97. Lynch and Suárez-Mayorga, 2001, Caldasia, 23: 491–507, discussed the Colombian range of the species. See comments regarding distribution of Venezuelan population by Gorzula and Señaris, 1999 "1998", Scient. Guaianae, 8. In the Hypsiboas semileatus group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 89. Acosta-Galvis and Rojas-Murcia, 2017, Check List, 13(5): 663–670, provided new records for the Colombian llanos and discussed the documented range. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 68, 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. Schiesari, Rossa-Feres, Menin, and Hödl, 2022, Zootaxa, 5223: 49–50, detailed larval and metamorph morphology and natural history.

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