Phytotriades auratus (Boulenger, 1917)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Hylinae > Genus: Phytotriades > Species: Phytotriades auratus

Amphodus auratus Boulenger, 1917, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 8, 20: 185. Syntypes: BMNH 1917.9.27.39–41 according to Condit, 1964, J. Ohio Herpetol. Soc., 4: 86. Type locality: "Mount Tucutche, a little above 3000 feet altitude", Trinidad.

Phyllodytes auratusBokermann, 1968, Rev. Brasil. Biol., 28: 157–160.

Phytotriades auratusJowers, Downieb, and Cohen, 2009, Stud. Neotrop. Fauna Environ., 43: 186.

English Names

Trinidad Heart-tongued Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 61).

El Tucuche Golden Frog (Murphy, 1997, Amph. Rept. Trinidad Tobago: 74).

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


Summit of Aripo and El Tucuche, in the Northern Range, and likely also on Morne Bleu Ridge, Trinidad, ca. 940 m elevation; Cerro Humo, Península de Paria, Sucre, Venezuela, 1250 m elevation. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela


See Kenny, 1969, Stud. Fauna Curaçao and other Caribb. Is., 29: 28–30 (as Amphodus auratus), Bokermann, 1968, Rev. Brasil. Biol., 28: 157–160, and Murphy, 1997, Amph. Rept. Trinidad Tobago: 74–75, for accounts. In the Phyllodytes auratus group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 110. 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: 266. Rivas-Fuenmayor and de Freitas S., 2015, Herpetol. Rev., 46: 153–157, reported the species in Venezuela, and discussed its distribution, conservation, and biogeography. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 79, for comments on range, systematics, and literature.

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