Scinax auratus (Wied-Neuwied, 1821)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Hylinae > Genus: Scinax > Species: Scinax auratus

Hyla aurata Wied-Neuwied, 1821, Reise Brasil. Jahr. 1815–1817, 2: 249. Type(s): Not designated, but presumably including animal figured by Wied-Neuwied, 1824, Abbild. Naturgesch. Brasil., Heft 7: pl. 43, fig. 3, specimen now apparently lost; KU 125383 designated neotype by Duellman and Wiens, 1992, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 151: 5. Type locality: "S. Agnés" (= Santa Inês), Bahia, Brazil. Neotype from "Maracás, Estado do Bahia, Brasil." See comments by Vanzolini and Myers, 2015, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 395: 74. 

Scinax auratusWagler, 1830, Nat. Syst. Amph.: 201, by implication.

Ololygon aurataFouquette and Delahoussaye, 1977, J. Herpetol., 11: 394; Duellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016, Zootaxa, 4104: 26 (apparently in error).

Scinax aurataDuellman and Wiens, 1992, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 151: 5, 21.

Scinax auratusKöhler and Böhme, 1996, Rev. Fr. Aquar. Herpetol., 23: 139.

English Names

Santa Ines Snouted Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 63).


Extreme northeastern Minas Gerais (Salto da Divisa) through eastern Bahia and Sergipe to Paraíba, Brazil.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brazil

Endemic: Brazil


Not assigned to species group, although associated with the Hyla ruber group by Bokermann, 1969, Rev. Brasil. Biol., 29: 159–162. Alves, Gomes, and Carvalho-e-Silva, 2004, Rev. Brasil. Zool., 21: 315–317, reported on larval morphology. In the Scinax ruber clade, unassigned to group, of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 97. Nunes, Santiago, and Juncá, 2007, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 2: 89–96, described the advertisement call. Santana, Costa, Drummond, Ferreira, and Feio, 2009, Check List, 5: 246–248, provided the first record for Alagoas, discussed and mapped the range and provided a photograph. Protázio, Cavalcanti, Mesquita, and Protázio, 2011, Herpetol. Rev., 42: 108–109, provided a record for Paraíba (state) and commented on the range. Placed in error in Ololygon by Duellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016, Zootaxa, 4104: 26, inasmuch as Hyla aurata is the type species of Scinax, a genus recognized by Duellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016, Zootaxa, 4104: 26, separate from OlolygonDubeux, Silva, Nascimento, Gonçalves, and Mott, 2019, Rev. Nordestina Zool., 12: 18–52, summarized the literature on larval morphology. See Dubeux, Nascimento, Lima, Magalhães, Silva, Gonçalves, Almeida, Correia, Garda, Mesquita, Rossa-Feres, and Mott, 2020, Biota Neotrop., 20 (2: e20180718): 1–24, for characterization and identification of larvae north of the Rio São Francisco in the Atlantic Forest of northeastern Brazil. Reported from the Environmental Protection Area of Catolé and Fernão Velho, Alagoas, Brazil, by Dubeux, Nascimento, Gonçalves, and Mott, 2021, Pap. Avulsos Zool., São Paulo, 61 (e20216176): 1–10, who provided a key to the frogs of that region. In the Scinax auratus group of Araujo-Vieira, Lourenço, Lacerda, Lyra, Blotto, Ron, Baldo, Pereyra, Suárez-Mayorga, Baêta, Ferreira, Barrio-Amorós, Borteiro, Brandão, Brasileiro, Donnelly, Dubeux, Köhler, Kolenc, Leite, Maciel, Nunes, Orrico, Peloso, Pezzuti, Reichle, Rojas-Runjaic, Silva, Sturaro, Langone, Garcia, Rodrigues, Frost, Wheeler, Grant, Pombal, Haddad, and Faivovich, 2023, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 27 (Special Issue): 84 (see comment under Hylinae).     

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