Dendropsophus columbianus (Boettger, 1892)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Hylinae > Genus: Dendropsophus > Species: Dendropsophus columbianus

Hyla columbiana Boettger, 1892, Kat. Batr. Samml. Mus. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges.: 41. Syntypes: SMF 1375.2s (2 specimens); SMF 2365 designated lectotype by Mertens, 1967, Senckenb. Biol., 48(A): 41. Type locality: "Popayán, Ver. Staaten von Columbia", Departamento Cauca, Colombia.

Hyla variabilis Boulenger, 1896, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 17: 20. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.13.15–31 (formerly 1895.11.16.65–81 according to Condit, 1964, J. Ohio Herpetol. Soc., 4: 96), NHMW 19438.1–3 (according to Häupl and Tiedemann, 1978, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 2: 20, and Häupl, Tiedemann, and Grillitsch, 1994, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 9: 24), MZUT An337 (3 specimens) (according to Gavetti and Andreone, 1993, Cat. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat., Torino, 10: 77), FMNH 3565, MCZ 2606 (according to Barbour and Loveridge, 1929, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 69: 280), UMMZ 46464, 51269, 58908 (8 specimens; according to Peters, 1952, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 539: 17), USNM 71115 (according to Cochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 60); ZMH A00963 according to Hallermann, 1998, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 95: 199; ZSM 1182/0/1–3 according to Glaw and Franzen, 2006, Spixiana, München, 29: 170; ZFMK 28635, according to Böhme, 2014, Mertensiella, 21: 101, and RMNH 4496, according to Gassó Miracle, van den Hoek Ostende, and Arntzen, 2007, Zootaxa, 1482: 45. Type locality: "Cali", Colombia. Synonymy by Duellman and Trueb, 1983, in Rhodin and Miyata (eds.), Adv. Herpetol. Evol. Biol.: 33–51.

Dendropsophus columbianusFaivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 90.

English Names

Boettger's Colombian Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 55).


Western slope of the Cordillera Central and easter slope of the Cordillera Occidental (Departments of Nariño, Cauca, Quindío, Risaralda, and Valle del Cauca), Colombia, 950–2300 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia

Endemic: Colombia


In the Dendropsophus columbianus group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 90. See account, photograph, and dot map by Agudelo-Valderrama, Bolívar-García, and Hernández-Medina, 2014, Catal. Anf. Rept. Colombia, Medellín, 2(1): 40–46. Ramírez-Chaves, Pisso-Florez, Liévano-Bonilla, Ayerbe-Quiñones, Anganoy-Criollo, and Noguera-Urbano, 2018, Herpetol. Notes, 11: 49–58, discussed the range of the species in Colombia with new records and provided a dot map as well as a predicted distribution map. In the Dendropsophus columbianus group of Orrico, Grant, Faivovich, Rivera-Correa, Rada, Lyra, Cassini, Valdujo, Schargel, Machado, Wheeler, Barrio-Amorós, Loebmann, Moravec, Zina, Solé, Sturaro, Peloso, Suárez, and Haddad, 2021, Cladistics, 37: 73–105, whose samples of Dendropsophus columbianus were paraphyletic with respect to Dendropsophus bogerti, something the authors suggested required additional investigation. 

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