Plectrohyla avia Stuart, 1952

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Hylinae > Genus: Plectrohyla > Species: Plectrohyla avia

Plectrohyla avia Stuart, 1952, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 65: 6. Holotype: UMMZ 102280, by original designation. Type locality: "Granja Lorena (about 10 km air-line kilometers northwest of Colombia), Departament of Quezaltenango, Guatemala. Elevation, about 1750 meters".

Hyla aviaWiens, Fetzner, Parkinson, and Reeder, 2005, Syst. Biol., 54: 25, by implication.

English Names

Greater Spikethumb Frog (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 25; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 62; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 19).


Cloud forest at elevation of 1685–2200 m on the Pacific slopes of the Sierra Madre from southeastern Chiapas, Mexico, to the volcanos of southwestern Guatemala.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Guatemala, Mexico


See account by Duellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 578-580, and note by Duellman, 2001, Hylid Frogs Middle Am., Ed. 2: 1053-1054. In the Plectrohyla guatemalensis group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 105. 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: 267. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 246–255, provided a brief summary of natural history for the species of Plectrohyla in Central America and provided a range map and photograph for this species. Barrio-Amorós, Grünwald, Franz-Chávez, Mendoza, and La Forest, 2016, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 10(2, General Section): 11–17, provided notes on natural history and vocalization. 

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