Phyllodytes luteolus (Wied-Neuwied, 1821)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Hylinae > Genus: Phyllodytes > Species: Phyllodytes luteolus

Hyla luteola Wied-Neuwied, 1821, Reise Brasil. Jahr. 1815–1817, 1: 202. Types: not designated, but including animal figured by  Wied-Neuwied, 1824, Abbild. Naturgesch. Brasil., Heft 7: pl. 41, fig. 2. Type locality: "Ostküste [von Brasilien] . . . . besonders zwischen den steifen Blättern der Bromelien . . . . Sanküsten zwischen den Flüssen S. Matthaeus, Rio Doçe, Mucuri, Peruhype, Belmonte . . . . ", Brazil, according to  Wied-Neuwied, 1824, Abbild. Naturgesch. Brasil., Heft 7. Restricted to Rêgencia, Espírito Santo, Brazil by Bokermann, 1966, An. Acad. Brasil. Cienc., 38: 336).

Hylaplesia luteola —Boie In Schlegel, 1826, Isis von Oken, 20: 294.

Phyllodytes luteolusWagler, 1830, Nat. Syst. Amph.: 202.

Hypsiboas luteolusTschudi, 1838, Classif. Batr.: 72.

Hyla (Phyllodytes) luteolusFitzinger, 1843, Syst. Rept.: 30.

Hyla (Hyla) luteolaBurmeister, 1856, Erläut. Fauna Brasil.: 107.

Lophyohyla piperata Miranda-Ribeiro, 1923, Bol. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, 1: 5. Syntypes: MNRJ 124 (4 specimens); MNRJ 124A designated lectotype by Miranda-Ribeiro, 1955, Arq. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, 42: 411. Type locality: "Rio de Janeiro", Brazil; corrected to the "Quinta da Boa Vista, próximo ao Museu Nacional. A espécie certamento não existe mais aí . . ." by Myers, 1946, Bol. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, N.S., Zool., 55: 12; type locality in error, according to Bokermann, 1966, An. Acad. Brasil. Cienc., 38: 336, who made the synonymy.

Lophiohyla piperataMiranda-Ribeiro, 1926, Arq. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, 27: 64. Incorrect subsequent spelling of generic name.

Amphodus piperatusMyers, 1946, Bol. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, N.S., Zool., 55: 12; Goin, 1961, Ann. Carnegie Mus., 36: 7.

Phyllodytes luteolusBokermann, 1966, An. Acad. Brasil. Cienc., 38: 336.

Amphodus luteolusLutz, 1968, Pearce-Sellards Ser., 11: 19.

English Names

Yellow Heart-tongued Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 62).


Coastal region of eastern Brazil from Paraíba to northern Rio de Janeiro (state), northeastern Minas Gerais, and southern Bahia; introduced populations in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Sãão Paulo. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil

Endemic: Brazil

Introduced: Brazil


Feio and Caramaschi, 2002, Phyllomedusa, 1: 105-111, reported the species for Minas Gerais, Brazil. In the Phyllodytes luteolus group of Caramaschi, Peixoto, and Rodrigues, 2004, Arq. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, 62: 185–191, and Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 110. Vrcibradic, Hatano, Rocha, and Van Sluys, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 489, provided the record for northern Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Salles and Silva-Soares, 2010, Herpetol. Notes, 3: 257-258, reported on an introduced population in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Forti, Foratto, Márquez, Pereira, and Toledo, 2018, PeerJ, 6(e4813): 1–19, characterized the advertisement call. Freitas, Abegg, Dias, and Moraes, 2018, Herpetol. Notes, 11: 59–72, provided a record from the Serra da Jibóia, Bahia, Brazil. Ferreira, Mônico, Silva, Lirio, Zocca, Mageski, Tonini, Beard, Duca, and Silva-Soares, 2019, ZooKeys, 857: 152, noted an unnamed species, "Phyllodytes aff. luteolus" in the region of Santa Teresa, Espírito Santo, Brazil. Melo-Dias, Souza-Cruz, Moreira, Curi, Carvalho, Freitas, and Canedo, 2024, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 29: 38–65, discussed introduced populations in Brazil.   

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