Pseudacris brachyphona (Cope, 1889)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Hylinae > Genus: Pseudacris > Species: Pseudacris brachyphona

Chorophilus feriarum brachyphonus Cope, 1889, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 34: 341. Type(s): Not stated, presumably originally in the USNM or ANSP. Type locality: "in west Pennsylvania, near the Kiskiminitas River", Armstrong or Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Pseudacris brachyphonaWalker, 1932, Ohio J. Sci., 32: 379.

Hyla (Pseudacris) brachyphonaDubois, 1984, Alytes, 3: 85.

Pseudacris (Pseudacris) brachyphonaFouquette and Dubois, 2014, Checklist N.A. Amph. Rept.: 345. 

English Names

Mountain Chorus Frog (Schmidt, 1953, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 6: 74; Conant, Cagle, Goin, Lowe, Neill, Netting, Schmidt, Shaw, Stebbins, and Bogert, 1956, Copeia, 1956: 176; Conant, 1975, Field Guide Rept. Amph. E. Cent. N. Am., Ed. 2: 332; Collins, Huheey, Knight, and Smith, 1978, Herpetol. Circ., 7: 12; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 62; Collins, 1997, Herpetol. Circ., 25: 12; Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 11; Frost, McDiarmid, and Mendelson, 2008, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 37: 9; Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 7; Frost, McDiarmid, Mendelson, and Green, 2012, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 39: 19; Frost, Lemmon, McDiarmid, and Mendelson, 2017, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 43: 17).

Chorus Frog (Wright and Wright, 1933, Handb. Frogs Toads U.S. Canada: x).


Western slope of the Appalachian Mountain Region of the USA: from southwestern Pennsylvania through southern Ohio and West Virginia to central Kentucky, central Tennessee and northern half of Alabama. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: United States of America, United States of America - Alabama, United States of America - Indiana, United States of America - Kentucky, United States of America - Maryland, United States of America - Ohio, United States of America - Pennsylvania, United States of America - Tennessee, United States of America - Virginia, United States of America - West Virginia

Endemic: United States of America


 Cocroft and Ryan, 1995, Animal Behav., 49: 283–303, discussed advertisement call in an evolutionary context.In the Pseudacris nigrita group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 106. In literature prior to 2021 Pseudacris collinsorum was confused with this species. Reviewed by Hoffman, 1980, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 234: 1–2. See comment under Pseudacris brimleyiPowell, Collins, and Hooper, 2011, Key Herpetofauna U.S. & Canada, 2nd Ed.: 9–11, provided a key to the species. Mitchell and Pauley, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 465–470, and Dodd, 2013, Frogs U.S. and Canada, 1: 313–318, provided an account that summarized the relevant literature.  Elliot, Gerhardt, and Davidson, 2009, Frogs and Toads of N. Am.: 102–103, provided an account, photos, and advertisement call. Altig and McDiarmid, 2015, Handb. Larval Amph. US and Canada: 202–203, provided an account of larval morphology and biology. Guyer and Bailey, 2023, Frogs and Toads of Alabama: 175–178, provided a detailed account for the species in Alabama, USA. 

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