Hyla sarda (De Betta, 1853)

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

Dendrohyas sarda De Betta, 1853, Mem. Accad. Agric. Commerc. Arti Verona, 35: 284. Type(s): Not stated or known to exist. Type locality: "Sardegna", Italy. Manuscript name of Bonelli stated to be a variety of Hyla viridis.

Hyla arborea savignyi var. fuscomaculata Camerano, 1884 "1883", Mem. Accad. Sci. Torino, Ser. 2, 35: 127. Types: MZUT. Type locality: "Sardegna", Italy. Unavailable tetranominal.

Hyla arborea sardaPavlov, 1933, Publ. Mus. Hoang Ho Pai Ho, Tien-Tsin, 23: 6. clearly based on misidentified specimens from Manchuria—DRF; Mertens, 1955, Senckenb. Biol., 36: 288; Schneider, 1974, Oecologia, Berlin, 14: 110.

Hyla sardaLanza, 1983, Biogeographia, 8: 730.

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

English Names

Sardinia Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 58).

Sardinian Treefrog (Stumpel-Rienks, 1992, Ergänzungsband Handbuch Rept. Amph. Eur., Trivialnamen der Herpetofauna Eur.: 50).

Tyrrhenian Tree Frog (Arnold, 2002, Rept. Amph. Eur., Ed. 2: 78).


Sardinia (Italy), Corsica (France), and nearby islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: France, Italy


Elevated from status as a subspecies of Hyla arborea by Lanza, 1983, Biogeographia, 8: 730. See account of Corsican population by Delaguerre and Cheylan, 1992, Atlas Repart. Batr. Rept. Corse: 35-37. Lanza, 1983, Guide Reconoscimento Spec. Animali, Anf. Rett.: 115-116, reported on the Italian populations. Disi, Modry, Necas, and Rifai, 2001, Amph. Rept. Hashemite Kingdom Jordan: 97-98, provided an account for the Jordanian population. Arnold, 2002, Rept. Amph. Eur., Ed. 2: 78-79, provided a brief account, figure, and map. Nöllert and Nöllert, 1992, Die Amph. Eur.: 310-312, provided an account and polygon map. In the Hyla arborea group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 102. Rosso, Castellano, and Giacoma, 2004, Ital. J. Zool., 71: 169–173, reported on the advertisement call.  Stöck, Dubey, Klütsch, Litvinchuk, Scheidt, and Perrin, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 49: 1019-1024, reported on the molecular phylogenetic relationships of the species. See detailed account by Corti, 2007, in Lanza et al. (eds.), Fauna d'Italia, 42 (Amph.): 346-351. Bisconti, Canestrelli, and Nascetti, 2011, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 103: 159-167, reported on genetic variation as evidenced by allozyme electrophoresis. Grosse, 2011, Laubfrösche: 1-286, reviewed the biology of the species. Cadeddu, Giacoma, and Castellano, 2012, J. Zool., London, 286: 285-292, discussed sexual dimorphism. Gvoždík, Canestrelli, García-París, Moravec, Nascetti, Recuero, Teixeira, and Kotlík, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 83: 143–155, reported on molecular phylogenetics and biogeography. Stöck, Dufresnes, Litvinchuk, Lymberakis, Biollay, Berroneau, Borzée, Ghali, Ogielska, and Perrin, 2012, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 65: 1–9, reported on the genetic diversity among populations of the Hyla arborea group and provided a dot map of the range, including this species. Speybroeck, Beukema, Bok, and Van Der Voort, 2016, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Brit. Eur.: 161–162, provided a brief account and range map. See Dufresnes, 2019, Amph. Eur., N. Afr., & Middle East: 66, for brief summary of identifying morphology and biology, a range map, as well as a photograph. Corti, Biaggini, Nulchis, Cogoni, Cossu, Frau, Mulargia, Lunghi, and Bassu, 2022, Acta Herpetol., Firenze, 17: 125–133, reported on the range in Sardinia.  

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