Dryophytes andersonii (Baird, 1854)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Hylinae > Genus: Dryophytes > Species: Dryophytes andersonii

Hyla andersonii Baird, 1854, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 7: 60. Holotype: not stated; USNM 3600 according to Cochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 51. Type locality: "Anderson, [Anderson County,] South Carolina", USA; in error according to Neill, 1947, Herpetologica, 4: 75–76, who (Neill, 1957, Copeia, 1957: 141) did not think it occurred at the type locality; designated as "Aiken County, South Carolina", USA, by Schmidt, 1953, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 6: 69, although this restriction is invalid inasmuch as it is not based on disclosed evidence. See Gosner and Black, 1967, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 54: 1, who regarded the type locality as unknown. Brown, 1980, Brimleyana, 3: 113-117, discussed the type locality. Fouquette and Dubois, 2014, Checklist N.A. Amph. Rept.: 332, give the year of publication incorrectly as 1856; see Fox, 1913, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, Index, 1812–1912: vii–xiv. 

Hyla (Dryophytes) andersoniiFouquette and Dubois, 2014, Checklist N.A. Amph. Rept.: 332. 

Dryophytes andersonii — Duellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016, Zootaxa, 4104: 23. 

English Names

Anderson's Hyla (Yarrow, 1882, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 24: 24; Dickerson, 1906, The Frog Book: 131).

Anderson's Tree Toad (Jordan, 1878, Man. Vert. North. U.S., Ed. 2: 189).

Anderson Tree Toad (Fowler, 1907, Annu. Rep. N.J. State Mus. for 1906: 108).

Anderson's Tree Frog (Brimley, 1907, J. Elisha Mitchell Sci. Soc., 23: 158; Wright and Wright, 1933, Handb. Frogs Toads U.S. Canada: x).

Anderson Tree Frog (Stejneger and Barbour, 1933, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 3: 33).

Pine Barrens Tree Frog (Schmidt, 1953, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 6: 69).

Pine Barrens Treefrog (Conant, Cagle, Goin, Lowe, Neill, Netting, Schmidt, Shaw, Stebbins, and Bogert, 1956, Copeia, 1956: 176; Conant, 1975, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am., Ed. 2: 320; Collins, Huheey, Knight, and Smith, 1978, Herpetol. Circ., 7: 11; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 54; Collins, 1997, Herpetol. Circ., 25: 12; Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 10; Frost, McDiarmid, and Mendelson, 2008, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 37:6; Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 7; Frost, McDiarmid, Mendelson, and Green, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 15; Frost, Lemmon, McDiarmid, and Mendelson, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 11).


Isolated populations on the coastal plain: central New Jersey; central South Carolina to central and southeastern North Carolina; Pensacola region of western Florida and adjacent Alabama, USA.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: United States of America, United States of America - Alabama, United States of America - Florida, United States of America - New Jersey, United States of America - North Carolina, United States of America - South Carolina

Endemic: United States of America


Reviewed by Gosner and Black, 1967, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 54. See also Karlin, Means, Guttman, and Lambright, 1982, Copeia, 1982: 175–178. In the Hyla eximia group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 102, but in the Hyla versicolor group of Hua, Fu, Li, Nieto-Montes de Oca, and Wiens, 2009, Herpetologica, 65: 246–259, and Li, Wang, Nian, Litvinchuk, Wang, Li, Rao, and Klaus, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 87: 80–90. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 615. Means, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 445–447, and Dodd, 2013, Frogs U.S. and Canada, 1: 235–239, provided accounts that summarized the literature. Elliot, Gerhardt, and Davidson, 2009, Frogs and Toads of N. Am.: 52–55, provided an account, photos, and advertisement call. Altig and McDiarmid, 2015, Handb. Larval Amph. US and Canada: 192–193, provided an account of larval morphology and biology. Warwick, Travis, and Lemmon, 2015, Mol. Ecol., 24: 3281–3298, reported on molecular and acoustic geographic variation. Oswald, Roberts, Moler, Arndt, Camper, and Quattro, 2020, J. Herpetol., 54: 206–215, reported on conservation genetics and molecular biogeography. Warwick, Barrow, Smith, Means, Lemmon, and Lemmon, 2021, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 133: 120–134, reported (as Hyla andersonii) on molecular phylogeography and its history of range fragmentation. Guyer and Bailey, 2023, Frogs and Toads of Alabama: 198–201, provided a detailed account for the species in Alabama, USA. 

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