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.


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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