Pseudacris feriarum (Baird, 1854)

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

Helocaetes feriarum Baird, 1854, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 7: 60. Syntypes: not stated; UMMZ 3857 (formerly USNM) and USNM 3592 (11 specimens) according to Cochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 50. Type locality: "Carlisle, [Cumberland County,] Penn[sylvani]a.", USA.. Fouquette and Dubois, 2014, Checklist N.A. Amph. Rept.: 348, regarded the original publication date to be 1856, but see Fox, 1913, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, Index, 1812–1912: vii–xiv.

Pseudacris feriarumCope, 1862, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 14: 157.

Chorophilus feriarum feriarumCope, 1889, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 34: 341.

Chorophilus nigritus feriarumHay, 1892, Annu. Rep. Dept. Geol. Nat. Res. Indiana for 1891: 460.

Pseudacris feriarumStejneger and Barbour, 1917, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept.: 31; Noble, 1923, Am. Mus. Novit., 70: 5.

Hyla feriarumNoble, 1923, Am. Mus. Novit., 70: 5, by implication.

Hyla (Pseudacris) feriarumMyers, 1926 "1925", Proc. Indiana Acad. Sci., 35: 283.

Pseudacris nigrita feriarumStejneger and Barbour, 1933, Check List N. Am. Amph. Rept., Ed. 3: 31; Neill, 1949, Copeia, 1949: 227-228.

Pseudacris triseriata feriarumSchwartz, 1957, Am. Mus. Novit., 1838: 11.

Hyla (Pseudacris) triseriata feriarumDubois, 1984, Alytes, 3: 86.

Pseudacris feriarum feriarumHedges, 1986, Syst. Zool., 35: 11.

Pseudacris (Pseudacris) feriarumFouquette and Dubois, 2014, Checklist N.A. Amph. Rept.: 348. 

English Names

Chorus Frog (Chorophilus feriarum: Brimley, 1915, J. Elisha Mitchell Sci. Soc., 30: 6).

Eastern Swamp Cricket Frog (Pseudacris nigrita feriarum: Wright and Wright, 1933, Handb. Frogs Toads U.S. Canada: x).

Southeastern Chorus Frog (Pseudacris feriarum: Crother, Boundy, Campbell, de Queiroz, Frost, Highton, Iverson, Meylan, Reeder, Seidel, Sites, Taggart, Tilley, and Wake, 2001 "2000", Herpetol. Circ., 29: 12).

Baird's Swamp-Frog (Pseudacris feriarum: Carr, 1940, Univ. Florida Biol. Sci. Ser., 3: 56).

Upland Chorus Frog (Pseudacris feriarum feriarum: 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: 329; Collins, Huheey, Knight, and Smith, 1978, Herpetol. Circ., 7: 12; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 63; 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: 12; Pseudacris feriarum: 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).

Striped Winter Frog (as "Pseudacris nigrita triseriata": Viosca, 1949, Pop. Sci. Bull., Louisiana Acad. Sci., 1: 10).

Baird's Cricket Frog (Pseudacris nigrita feriarum: Neill, 1949, Copeia, 1949: 227).


Central Pennsylvania and western Kentucky south to eastern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and southern Georgia, avoiding the coastal plain, except in South Carolina.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: United States of America, United States of America - Alabama, United States of America - Georgia, United States of America - Kentucky, United States of America - Maryland, United States of America - Mississippi, United States of America - Missouri, United States of America - North Carolina, United States of America - Pennsylvania, United States of America - South Carolina, United States of America - Tennessee, United States of America - Virginia

Endemic: United States of America


In the Pseudacris nigrita group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 106. Removed from the synonymy of Pseudacris triseriata by Hedges, 1986, Syst. Zool., 35: 1–21. Platz, 1989, Copeia, 1989: 704–712, retained Pseudacris feriarum and Pseudacris kalmi as subspecies of one species but suggested that they might also be distinct species on the basis of data presented by Hedges. Cocroft and Ryan, 1995, Animal Behav., 49: 283–303, discussed advertisement call in an evolutionary context. Collins, 1997, Herpetol. Circ., 25: 12, considered these to be distinct species; without discussion, and this was confirmed by Lemmon, Lemmon, Collins, Lee-Yaw, and Cannatella, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 44: 1068–1082. See comment under Pseudacris kalmiDodd, 2013, Frogs U.S. and Canada, 1: 348–357, provided an account that summarized the relevant literature. Elliot, Gerhardt, and Davidson, 2009, Frogs and Toads of N. Am.: 88–89, provided an account, photos, and advertisement call. Altig and McDiarmid, 2015, Handb. Larval Amph. US and Canada: 210–212, provided an account of larval morphology and biology. Banker, Lemmon, Hassinger, Holland, Kortyna, Ospina, Ralicki, and Lemmon, 2020, Syst. Biol., 69: 756–773, reported on molecular phylogeography and hybridizaation with Pseudacris nigritaGuyer and Bailey, 2023, Frogs and Toads of Alabama: 179–182, provided a detailed account for the species in Alabama, USA. 

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