Plectrohyla matudai Hartweg, 1941

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

Plectrohyla matudai Hartweg, 1941, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 437: 5. Holotype: UMMZ 88863, by original designation. Type locality: "at an elevation of 1800 meters in the cloud forest on Mount Ovando, District of Soconusco, Chiapas", Mexico.

Plectrohyla brachycephala Taylor, 1949, Am. Mus. Novit., 1437: 16. Holotype: AMNH 53761, by original designation. Type locality: "'on a tributary of the Río Ostuta, at the foot of the Sierra Madre, between Sierra Madre and Cerro Altravesado,' Oaxaca, Mexico". Synonymy by Bumzahem and Smith, 1954, Herpetologica, 10: 62.

Plectrohyla matudai brachycephalaBumzahem and Smith, 1954, Herpetologica, 10: 62.

Plectrohyla matudai matudaiBumzahem and Smith, 1954, Herpetologica, 10: 63.

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

English Names

Matuda's 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: 20).


Widely distributed in cloud forest at elevations of 700–2300 m along the Pacific versant from extreme southeastern Oaxaca, Mexico, through south-central Guatemala to the Las Nubes range; also in pine-oak forest in the Grijalva Depression in western Guatemala and in cloud forest at an elevation of 1370 m on Cerro Azul in northwestern Honduras.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico


See account by Duellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 559-563, and note by Duellman, 2001, Hylid Frogs Middle Am., Ed. 2: 1061–1062. In the Plectrohyla guatemalensis group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 105. McCranie, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 38, summarized the departmental distribution in Honduras. 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: 272. 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.

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