Dryophytes suweonensis (Kuramoto, 1980)

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

Hyla suweonensis Kuramoto, 1980, Copeia, 1980: 102. Holotype: OMNH 6035, by original designation. Type locality: "rice paddy of the Office of Rural Development, Suweon, [Republic of] Korea". Synonymy by Dufresnes, Litvinchuk, Borzée, Jang, Li, Miura, Perrin, and Stöck, 2016, BMC Evol. Biol., 16(253): 1, and Zhang, Luu, Yu, Zhang, Al-attar, and Storey, 2019, Int. J. Biol. Macromolecules, 132: 461–469. 

Hyla (Dryophytes) suweonensis — Fouquette and Dubois, 2014, Checklist N.A. Amph. Rept.: 331, by implication.  

Dryophytes suweonensis — Duellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016, Zootaxa, 4104: 23; Borzée, Kong, Didinger, Nguyen, and Jang, 2018, Herpetol. J., 28: 160–170.

English Names

Suweon Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 58; Yang, Kim, Min, and Suh, 2001, Monogr. Korean Amph.: 52).


Lowlands of the western Korean Peninsula, north of the Chilgap Mountain Range in west-central Rep. Korea north to about Mundeok, western P.D.R. Korea, below 319 m elevation. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Korea, Democratic People's Republic (North), Korea, Republic of (South)


 Borzée, Kong, Didinger, Nguyen, and Jang, 2018, Herpetol. J., 28: 160–170, discussed mtDNA phylogeography and osteological differences (Dryophytes suweonensis in this study composed of both Dryophytes suweonensis and the subsequently named Dryophytes flaviventris) from Dryophytes immaculatusBorzée, Messenger, Chae, Andersen, Groffen, Kim, An, Othman, Ri, Nam, Bae, Ren, Li, Chuang, Yi, Shin, Kwon, Jang, and Min, 2020, PLoS One, 15(6: e0234299): 1–34, discussed the systematics, call, morphology, and biogeography of this species with respect to nearest relatives, Dryophytes immaculatus and Dryophytes flaviventris, and mapped both. See also Lee and Park, 1992, Korean J. Zool., 35: 219-225, reported on geographic variation in mtDNA restriction sites (in the sense of also including Dryophytes flaviventris). Lee, Yang, Kim, Lee, Lee, Yang, and Lee, 1999, Korean J. Genet., 3: 295-301, reported (in the sense of including Dryophytes flaviventris) on sequence divergence from Hyla japonicaBorzée, Litvinchuk, Ri, Andersen, Nam, Jon, Man, Choe, Kwon, Othman, Messenger, Bae, Shin, Kim, Maslova, Luedtke, Hobin, Moores, Seliger, Glenk, and Jang, 2021, Animals, 11 (2057): 1–37, provided locality records, a distribution map as well as modeled distribution, life history comments, and conservation status for P.D.R. Korea. Koo, Do, Yoo, and Sung, 2022, Russ. J. Herpetol., 29: 187–190, reported on a large population in Rep. Korea. Andersen, Chuang, Choe, Kim, Kwon, Jang, and Borzée, 2022, Zool. Stud., Taipei, 61(25): 1–10, reported on the elevational range (1–319 m) in Rep. Korea. Rahman, Yun, Lee, Lee, Park, Ham, and Sung, 2023, PeerJ, 11(e16492) : 1–14, discussed call variation and similarity to that of Dryophytes flaviventris, suggesting that genetic studies may show them to be conspecific. Yoo, Yoon, Yoo, Kim, Heo, and Kim, 2024, PeerJ, 12(e16728): 1–16, discussed molecular methods for identifying hybrids between this species and Dryophytes japonicus


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