Osteopilus pulchrilineatus (Cope, 1870)

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

Hyla pulchrilineata Cope, 1870 "1869", Proc. Am. Philos. Soc., 11: 163. Holotype: ANSP 14495, according to Malnate, 1971, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 123: 352. Type locality: "Island of Santo Domingo, from the eastern part of that island", Hispaniola, West Indies.

Osteopilus pulchrilineatusFranz, 2003, In Henderson and Powell (eds.), Islands and the Sea: 167.

English Names

Common Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 57).

Hispaniolan Yellow Treefrog (Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 265; Hedges, Powell, Henderson, Hanson, and Murphy, 2019, Caribb. Herpetol., 67: 13). 


Hispaniola, sea level to about 1100 m elevation in disjunct populations.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Dominican Republic, Haiti


In the former Hyla pulchrilineata group; see Trueb and Tyler, 1974, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 24: 1-60. See comments by Powell and Henderson, 2003, Herpetol. Rev., 34: 342, regarding transfer from Hyla to Osteopilus. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 265, who noted that this species has been extirpated from Haiti. Henderson and Powell, 2009, Nat. Hist. Rept. Amph. W. Indies: 86, summarized the natural history literature. Forti, Foratto, Márquez, Pereira, and Toledo, 2018, PeerJ, 6(e4813): 1–19, characterized the advertisement call. 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. Marte-Pimental, Núñez-Novas, and León-Benítez, 2021, Reptiles & Amphibians, 28: 288–291, provided a record for Rancho de la Guardia, Hondo Valle, Elías Piña, Dominican Republic, and discussed habitat, ecology, and color pattern variation. Ríos-López, 2023, In Rios-Lopez and Heatwole (eds.), Conserv. Biogeograph. Amph. Caribb.: 218–262, discussed conservation status and suggested that the understanding of the range requires corroboration. 


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