Pseudacris cadaverina (Cope, 1866)

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

Hyla nebulosa Hallowell, 1854, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 7: 96. Syntypes: Not stated; ANSP 1987-88 according to Jameson, Mackey, and Richmond, 1966, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 33: 554); USNM 3230 listed as a possible syntype by Cochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 52. Type locality: "Tejon Pass", Los Angeles County, California, USA. Junior primary homonym of Hyla nebulosa Spix, 1824 (= Scinax nebulosus).

Hyla cadaverina Cope, 1866, J. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, Ser. 2, 6: 84. Replacement name for Hyla nebulosa Hallowell, 1854.

Hyla californiae Bogert, 1958, Sounds N.A. Frogs: 11, Nomen nudum. 

Hyla californiae Gorman, 1960, Herpetologica, 16: 214. Holotype: MVZ 31773, by original designation. Type locality: "Canyon de Llanos, 9 mi. (14.5 km.) SSW 'Alaska' (La Rumorosa), Partido del Norte, Baja California [del Norte], Mexico". Synonymy by Jameson, Mackey, and Richmond, 1966, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 33: 554; Duellman, 1968, Herpetologica, 24: 200.

Pseudacris cadaverinaHedges, 1986, Syst. Zool., 35: 11; Silva, 1997, J. Herpetol., 31: 609–613.

Hyla cadaverinaCocroft, 1994, Herpetologica, 50: 420-437.

Hyliola cadaverina — Duellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016, Zootaxa, 4104: 10. 

English Names

Cadaverous Hyla (Yarrow, 1882, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 24: 24).

California Treefrog (Stebbins, 1966, Field Guide W. North Am. Rept. Amph.: 68; Collins, Huheey, Knight, and Smith, 1978, Herpetol. Circ., 7: 11; 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; Stebbins, 2003, Field Guide W. Rept. Amph., Ed. 3: 221; Frost, McDiarmid, and Mendelson, 2008, in Crother (ed.), Herpetol. Circ., 37: 9; ; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 20; 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).

California Chorus Frog (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 26; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 62; Collins and Taggart, 2009, Standard Common Curr. Sci. Names N. Am. Amph. Turtles Rept. Crocodil., ed. 6: 7).


Southern California west of the Peninsular Range, USA, and northern two-thirds of Baja California del Norte, Mexico, as far south as Las Palmas.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico, United States of America, United States of America - California


In the Pseudacris regilla group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 106. Previous to its referral to Pseudacris this species was considered a member of the Hyla eximia group. See Duellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 493-496 (as Hyla cadaverina), and Gaudin, 1979, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 225: 1–2 (as Hyla cadaverina), for accounts. Grismer, 2002, Amph. Rept. Baja California: 73–75, provided an account for the Mexican population. Stebbins, 2003, Field Guide W. Rept. Amph., Ed. 3: 221–222, provided a brief account, figure, and map. Phillipsen and Metcalf, 2009, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 53: 152–170, reported on a molecular phylogeography study that found considerable geographic structure in the distribution of haplotypes. Welsh, Clark, Franco-Vizcaíno, and Valdéz-Villavicencio, 2010, Southwest. Nat., 55: 581–585, discussed the range in northern Baja California, Mexico. Dodd, 2013, Frogs U.S. and Canada, 1: 322–328, provided an account that summarized the relevant literature. Elliot, Gerhardt, and Davidson, 2009, Frogs and Toads of N. Am.: 112–113, provided an account, photos, and advertisement call. Altig and McDiarmid, 2015, Handb. Larval Amph. US and Canada: 204, provided an account of larval morphology and biology. 

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