Dendropsophus minusculus (Rivero, 1971)

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

Hyla minuscula Rivero, 1971, Caribb. J. Sci., 11: 1. Holotype: UPRM 3377, by original designation. Type locality: "Nirgua, Edo. Yaracay, Venezuela".

Dendropsophus minusculusFaivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 92.

English Names

Rivero's Tiny Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 56).

Pallid Dwarf Treefrog (Hedges, Powell, Henderson, Hanson, and Murphy, 2019, Caribb. Herpetol., 67: 13). 


Llanos of eastern Meta (Colombia) and lowland savannas of southeastern Venezuela eastward through the Guianas to Amapá, Ceará, and southeastern Bahia, Brazil.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela


Similar to Hyla microcephala according to the original publication and likely in the Hyla microcephala group according to Langone and Basso, 1987, Comun. Zool. Mus. Hist. Nat. Montevideo, 11: 1-17. Kok, 2000, Brit. Herpetol. Soc. Bull., 71: 6, reported the species from French Guiana. Lescure and Marty, 2000, Collect. Patrimoines Nat., Paris, 45: 152-153, provided a photo and brief account for Guiana. See comments regarding distribution of Venezuelan population by Gorzula and Señaris, 1999 "1998", Scient. Guaianae, 8: 33-34. Hoogmoed and Gorzula, 1979, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 54: 191-192, posited that this taxon might be conspecific or a subspecies of Hyla nana. Murphy, 1997, Amph. Rept. Trinidad Tobago: 69-70, provided a brief account for Trinidad. In the Dendropsophus microcephalus group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 91-92. See account for Suriname population by Ouboter and Jairam, 2012, Amph. Suriname: 122-123. See Cole, Townsend, Reynolds, MacCulloch, and Lathrop, 2013, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 125: 401, for brief account and records for Guyana. Zina, Silva, Loebmann, and Orrico, 2014, Brazil. J. Biol., 74 (3–Suppl.): 146–153, discussed and mapped the range, color pattern variation and suggested that a better sense of the species' range may be hampered by misidentification and confusion with other species, like Dendropsophus branneriSeñaris, Lampo, Rojas-Runjaic, and Barrio-Amorós, 2014, Guía Ilust. Anf. Parque Nac. Canaima: 142–143, 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): 74–75, for comments on range, systematics, and literature. Fouquet, Vidal, and Dewynter, 2019, Zoosystema, 41: 368–369, reported the species from the Mitaraka Massif in southwestern French Guiana, on the border with Amapá, Brazil, and noted it to be a species complex. 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. In the Dendropsophus microcephalus 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. Taucce, Costa-Campos, Carvalho, and Michalski, 2022, Eur. J. Taxon., 836: 112, regarded the records of Dendropsophus branneri from Amapá, to be referrable to Dendropsophus minusculus. They also reported on distribution, literature, and conservation status for Amapá, Brazil. 

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