Osteopilus dominicensis (Tschudi, 1838)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Hylinae > Genus: Osteopilus > Species: Osteopilus dominicensis

Hypsiboas dominicensis Tschudi, 1838, Classif. Batr.: 29, 72. Syntypes: MNHNP 4614 (4 specimens), according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 19. Type locality: "Saint-Domingue".

Hyla dominicensisTschudi, 1838, Classif. Batr.: 72.

Trachycephalus dominicensisDuméril and Bibron, 1841, Erp. Gen., 6: 540.

Trachycephalus ovatus Cope, 1863, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 15: 44. Holotype: MCZ 1518, according to Barbour and Loveridge, 1929, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 69: 351. Type locality: "Hayti [= Haiti] near Jeremie". Synonymy by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 369; Barbour, 1914, Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool., 44: 238.

Hyla ovataBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 369.

Hyla dominicensisBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 370.

Hyla (Trachycephalus) ovataFischer, 1887, Jahrb. Hamburg. Wiss. Anst., 5: 44.

Hyla (Trachycephalus) dominicensisMeerwarth, 1901, Mitt. Naturhist. Mus. Hamburg, 18: 40.

Hyla septentrionalis dominicensisBarbour, 1937, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 82: 81.

Hyla dominicensis dominicensisMertens, 1938, Senckenb. Biol., 20: 332; Mittleman, 1950, Herpetologica, 6: 26.

Osteopilus dominicensisTrueb and Tyler, 1974, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 24: 38.

English Names

Dominican Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 61).

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


Haiti and Dominican Republic (except for the driest part of northwestern Dominican Republic), including Ile de la Gonâve, Ile-à-Vache, Ile Grande Cayemite, Ile de la Tortue, and Isla Saona (West Indies).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Dominican Republic, Haiti


 Henderson and Powell, 2009, Nat. Hist. Rept. Amph. W. Indies: 85-86, summarized the natural history literature. Galvis-Peñuela, Sánchez-Pacheco, Ospina-Sarria, Anganoy-Criollo, Gil, and Rada, 2014, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 9: 154–169, described larval ontogeny and external morphology. Galvis-Peñuela, Caorsi, Sánchez-Pacheco, and Rada, 2016, Bioacoustics, 25: 89–97, reported on the advertisement call. Díaz, Incháustegui, Marte, and Chong, 2015, Novit. Caribaea, Santo Domingo, 8: 1–29, reported on larval morphology. Forti, Foratto, Márquez, Pereira, and Toledo, 2018, PeerJ, 6(e4813): 1–19, characterized the advertisement call. Ríos-López, 2023, In Rios-Lopez and Heatwole (eds.), Conserv. Biogeograph. Amph. Caribb.: 218–262, discussed systematic history and uncertainties as well as conservation status.   

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