Pseudacris clarkii (Baird, 1854)

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

Helocaetes clarkii Baird, 1854, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 7: 60. Syntypes: Not stated; USNM 3313, 3315, 3317, according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 108; Cochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 50, listed only USNM 3133 as a syntype. Type locality: "Galveston and Indianola, Texas", USA; restricted to "Galveston", Galveston County, Texas, USA, by Schmidt, 1953, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 6: 74.. Fouquette and Dubois, 2014, Checklist N.A. Amph. Rept.: 345, regarded the original publication date to be 1856, but see Fox, 1913, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia,, Index, 1812-1912: vii–xiv.

Heloecetes clarkiiBaird, 1859, Rep. U.S-Mex. Bound. Surv., 2(Pt. 2-Rept.): 28. Incorrect subsequent spelling of generic name.

Chorophilus triseriatus clarkiiCope, 1875, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 1: 30.

Pseudacris triseriata clarkiiBurt, 1932, Am. Midl. Nat., 13: 80.

Pseudacris nigrita clarkiiStejneger and Barbour, 1933, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 3: 31.

Pseudacris clarkiiSmith, 1934, Am. Midl. Nat., 15: 462.

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

Pseudacris (Pseudacris) clarkiiFouquette and Dubois, 2014, Checklist N.A. Amph. Rept.: 347. 

English Names

Clark's Tree Frog (Yarrow, 1882, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 24: 23).

Clarke's Striped Tree Frog (Wright and Wright, 1933, Handb. Frogs Toads U.S. Canada: x).

Spotted 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: 331; Collins, Huheey, Knight, and Smith, 1978, Herpetol. Circ., 7: 12; Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 26; 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; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 21; 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).


Central USA from central Kansas to the Gulf of Mexico in Texas; lower Rio Grande Valley (Texas, USA, and adjacent Tamaulipas, Mexico, in the resacas of the Rio Grande along the international border).


In the Pseudacris nigrita group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 106. Reviewed by Pierce and Whitehurst, 1990, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 458: 1–3. See also account by Duellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 642–645. Cocroft and Ryan, 1995, Animal Behav., 49: 283–303, discussed advertisement call in an evolutionary context. Lemmon, Lemmon, Collins, Lee-Yaw, and Cannatella, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 44: 1068–1082, suggested this species to be most closely related to Pseudacris maculata. Record of Painter and Burkett, 1991, Herpetol. Rev., 22: 64, in northeastern New Mexico, based on misidentifications according to Stuart, 1992, Unpublished Rep. NM Dept. Game and FishFarr, Lazcano, and Lavín-Murcio, 2013, Herpetol. Rev., 44: 634, discussed the range in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Sredl, 2005, in Lannoo (ed.), Amph. Declines: 470–472, and Dodd, 2013, Frogs U.S. and Canada, 1: 328–331, provided accounts that summarized the relevant literature. Elliot, Gerhardt, and Davidson, 2009, Frogs and Toads of N. Am.: 104–107, provided an account, photos, and advertisement call. Altig and McDiarmid, 2015, Handb. Larval Amph. US and Canada: 204–205, provided an account of larval morphology and biology. Painter, Stuart, Giermakowski, and Pierce, 2017, Western Wildlife, 4: 36, commented on the status and county range in New Mexico, USA.  

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