Scinax staufferi (Cope, 1865)

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

Hyla staufferi Cope, 1865, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 17: 195. Holotype: USNM 15317 according to Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 173 Cochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 60. Type locality: "Orizava [= Orizaba, Veracruz], Mexico".

Hyla eximia staufferiCope, 1887, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 32: 14.

Hyliola staufferiMocquard, 1899, Nouv. Arch. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 4, 1: 339.

Hyla culex Dunn and Emlen, 1932, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 84: 24. Holotype: MCZ 16098, by original designation. Type locality: "Tela, [Departamento Atlantidad,] Honduras". Synonymy by Taylor, 1952, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 35: 863; Duellman, 1966, Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist., 17: 274.

Hyla staufferi staufferiLeón, 1969, Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist., 18: 540.

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

Scinax staufferiDuellman and Wiens, 1992, Occas. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 151: 23.

English Names

Stauffer's Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 64); Lee, 1996, Amph. Rept. Yucatan Peninsula: 104; Lee, 2000, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Maya World: 109).

Stauffer's Longnosed Treefrog (Campbell, 1998, Amph. Rept. N. Guatemala Yucatan Belize: 85).

Stauffer's Long-nosed Treefrog (Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 22).

Stauffer's Treefrog (Scinax staufferi stafferi: Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 22).

Middle American Snouted Treefrog (Hedges, Powell, Henderson, Hanson, and Murphy, 2019, Caribb. Herpetol., 67: 14). 


Savannas and subhumid forest in the lowlands to moderate elevations from southern Tamaulipas and Queretaro, Mexico, southward to Nicaragua on the Caribbean versant and from Guerrero, Mexico, to northwestern Costa Rica on the Pacific; disjunctly on the Pacific lowlands of western to central Panama.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama


For discussion (as Hyla staufferi staufferi) see Duellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 195–199. In the Scinax ruber clade of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 96. Lee, 1996, Amph. Rept. Yucatan Peninsula: 104–106, and Lee, 2000, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Maya World: 109–111, provided an account. Lips and Savage, 1996, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 109: 17–26, included this species (as Hyla staufferi) in a key to the tadpoles found in Costa Rica. See accounts by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 347–348, and McCranie and Wilson, 2002, Amph. Honduras: 325–331. Köhler, Veselý, and Greenbaum, 2005 "2006", Amph. Rept. El Salvador: 48–50, provided an account (for El Salvador) and a color photograph. McCranie, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 38, summarized the departmental distribution in Honduras. See comments by Sunyer, Páiz, Dehling, and Köhler, 2009, Herpetol. Notes, 2: 189–202, regarding Nicaraguan populations. Mata-Silva, Ramírez-Bautista, and Johnson, 2010, Herpetol. Rev., 41: 508, provided a record from Oaxaca, Mexico, and commented on the range. Lemos-Espinal and Dixon, 2013, Amphibians and Reptiles of San Luis Potosí: 56-57, provided an account for San Luis Potosí, Mexico. 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.. Sunyer, Martínez-Fonseca, Salazar-Saavedra, Galindo-Uribe, and Obando, 2014, Mesoam. Herpetol., 1: 170, provided a record for the department of León, Nicaragua. Lemos-Espinal and Smith, 2015, Check List, 11(1642): 1–11, noted the occurrence of the species in Hidalgo, Mexico, without providing a specific locality. Lemos-Espinal and Dixon, 2016, Amph. Rept. Hidalgo: 379–380, provided a brief account and map for Hidalgo, Mexico. In the Scinax cruentomma 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): 96 (see comment under Hylinae). Tepos-Ramírez, Garduño-Fonseca, Peralta-Robles, García-Rubio, and Cervantes Jiménez, 2023, Check List, 19: 269–292, discussed the distribution and conservation status of the species in Queretaro, Mexico.

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