Hyla molleri Bedriaga, 1889

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Hylinae > Genus: Hyla > Species: Hyla molleri

Hyla arborea var. molleri Bedriaga, 1889, Instituto, Coimbra, Ser. 2, 36: 693-696. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.23.44 (formerly 1928.12.20.168) according to Condit, 1964, J. Ohio Herpetol. Soc., 4: 88, other unknown. Type locality: "Coimbra", Provincia Beira Litoral, Portugal.

Hyla meridionalis molleriParker, 1956, in Sylvester-Bradley (ed.), Species Concept in Paleontol.: 11.

Hyla molleriStöck, Dubey, Klütsch, Litvinchuk, Scheidt, and Perrin, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 49: 1019-1024.

English Names

Iberian Tree Frog (Stöck, Dufresnes, Litvinchuk, Lymberakis, Biollay, Berroneau, Borzée, Ghali, Ogielska, and Perrin, 2012, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 65: 1-9).

Moller's Tree Frog (Stöck, Dufresnes, Litvinchuk, Lymberakis, Biollay, Berroneau, Borzée, Ghali, Ogielska, and Perrin, 2012, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 65: 1-9).

Distribution

Central, western and northern Iberian Peninsula into southwestern France.

Comment

Distinctiveness of Hyla arborea molleri from Hyla arborea arborea was rejected by Schneider, 1974, Oecologia, Berlin, 14: 109; Schneider, 2004, Z. Feldherpetol., Suppl., 5: 9. Stöck, Dubey, Klütsch, Litvinchuk, Scheidt, and Perrin, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 49: 1019-1024, reported on the molecular relationship between this and other western Palearctic species. Rosa and Oliveira, 1994, Z. Zool. Syst. Evolutionsforsch., 32: 117-128, reported on genetic differentiation of Hyla arborea molleri (now Hyla molleri) and Hyla meridionalis in the Iberian Peninsula. Barbadillo-Escrivá, 1987, Guia INCAFO Anf. Rept. Peninsula Iberica: 162-166, provided an account (as Hyla arborea) for the Iberian populations. Astudillo, 1997, in Pleguezuelos (ed.), Dist. Biogeogr. Anf. Rep. Esp. Portugal: 146-148, provided a brief account (as Hyla arborea), photograph, and detailed map for Iberia. Speybroeck, Beukema, and Crochet, 2010, Zootaxa, 2492: 7, noted that only mtDNA supports recognition of this species, while no evidence from morphology or call has been detected to separate this taxon from Hyla arborea. Barth, Galán, Donaire-Barroso, González de la Vega, Pabijan, and Vences, 2011, Amphibia-Reptilia, 32: 557-564, reported on mtDNA uniformity across the Iberian Peninsula. Stöck, Dufresnes, Litvinchuk, Lymberakis, Biollay, Berroneau, Borzée, Ghali, Ogielska, and Perrin, 2012, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 65: 1-9, reported on the molecular phylogeography of the species. Ceríaco and Marques, 2012, Alytes, 28168-171, discussed the original description of this species. Gvoždík, Canestrelli, García-París, Moravec, Nascetti, Recuero, Teixeira, and Kotlík, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 83: 143–155, reported on molecular phylogenetics and biogeography. Speybroeck, Beukema, Bok, and Van Der Voort, 2016, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Brit. Eur.: 158–159, provided a brief account and range map. Drillon, Dufresnes, Perrin, Crochet, and Dufresnes, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 126: 743–750, documented hybridization of a hybrid Hyla molleri/Hyla arborea population with Hyla meridionalis in southwestern France. See Dufresnes, 2019, Amph. Eur., N. Afr., & Middle East: 64, for brief summary of identifying morphology and biology, a range map, as well as a photograph. Dufresnes, Berroneau, Dubey, Litvinchuk, and Perrin, 2020, Sci. Rep. (Nature, London), 10 (5502): 1–10, discussed the genetics of the contact zones with adjacent species. See taxonomic comments by Speybroeck, Beukema, Dufresnes, Fritz, Jablonski, Lymberakis, Martínez-Solano, Razzetti, Vamberger, Vences, Vörös, and Crochet, 2020, Amphibia-Reptilia, 41: 149.      

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