Scinax elaeochroa (Cope, 1875)

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

Hyla elaeochroa Cope, 1875 "1876", J. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, Ser. 2, 8: 105. Syntypes: USNM 30688-90 (3 specimens); USNM 30689 designated lectotype by Cochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 53. Type locality: "east foot of mountains near Sipurio," Cantón de Talamanca, Provincia Limón, Costa Rica. Savage, 1974, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 22: 108, commented on the type locality. Species name is a noun in apposition meaning olive skin. 

Hyla quinquevittata Cope, 1886, Proc. Am. Philos. Soc., 23: 273. Holotype: USNM 14187 according to Cochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 58. Type locality: "Nicaragua". Synonymy by Taylor, 1952, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 35: 859.

Hyla dulcensis Taylor, 1958, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 39: 37. Holotype: KU 32168, by original designation. Type locality: "Golfito, [Cantón de Golfito,] Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica". Savage, 1974, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 22: 92, commented on the type locality. Synonymy by Duellman, 1966, Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist., 17: 270, although .

Ololygon elaeochroaFouquette and Delahoussaye, 1977, J. Herpetol., 11: 392.

Scinax elaeochroaDuellman and Wiens, 1992, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 151: 16, 21.

Scinax elaeochrousKöhler and Böhme, 1996, Rev. Fr. Aquar. Herpetol., 23: 139. Treatment of the species name as an adjective. 

English Names

Sipurio Snouted Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 64).

Olive Snouted Treefrog (Arteaga-Navarro, Bustamante, and Guayasamin, 2013, Amph. Rept. Mindo: 113). 


Caribbean lowlands from Nicaragua to western Panama; Pacific lowlands of Golfo Dulce region in Costa Rica and Panama; Pacific lowlands of Colombia, below 700 m elevation.


For discussion see Duellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 188–193, and Savage and Heyer, 1969, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 16: 1–127. In the Scinax ruber clade, unassigned to group, of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 97. The species name is a noun in apposition and does not change endings in combination with a masculine generic name. Lips and Savage, 1996, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 109: 17–26, included this species (as Hyla elaeochroa) in a key to the tadpoles found in Costa Rica. See account by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 345–347. See comments by Sunyer, Páiz, Dehling, and Köhler, 2009, Herpetol. Notes, 2: 189–202, regarding Nicaraguan populations. Arteaga-Navarro, Bustamante, and Guayasamin, 2013, Amph. Rept. Mindo: 113–115, provided an account and dot map for Ecuador. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 262–264, provided a brief summary of natural history and identification key for the species of Scinax in Central America and provided a range map and photograph for this species. See discussion and revision by Ron, Duellman, Caminer, and Pazmiño, 2018, PLoS One, 13 (9: e0203169): 1–26. 

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