Smilisca cyanosticta (Smith, 1953)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Hylinae > Genus: Smilisca > Species: Smilisca cyanosticta

Hyla phaeota cyanosticta Smith, 1953, Herpetologica, 8: 150. Holotype: USNM 111147, by original designation. Type locality: "Piedras Negras, Petén, Guatemala".

Smilisca phaeota cyanostictaStuart, 1963, Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 122: 42.

Smilisca cyanostictaDuellman and Cole, 1965, Syst. Zool., 14: 141.

Hyla cyanostictaWiens, Fetzner, Parkinson, and Reeder, 2005, Syst. Biol., 54: 25, by implication.

English Names

Blue-spotted Mexican Treefrog (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 28; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 65; Lee, 2000, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Maya World: 114; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 23).

Blue-spotted Treefrog (Campbell, 1998, Amph. Rept. N. Guatemala Yucatan Belize: 87).

Blue-spotted Smilisca (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 69).


Atlantic slopes of southeastern Mexico (south-central Veracruz andeast-central Oaxaca, Chiapas), Belize, and Guatemala from Jalapa de Díaz (Mexico) to the Montañas del Mico (Guatemala), 300–1200 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Belize, Guatemala, Mexico


See accounts by Duellman, 1968, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 60: 1–2, Duellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 598-603, Duellman, 2001, Hylid Frogs Middle Am., Ed. 2: 995-996, Lee, 1996, Amph. Rept. Yucatan Peninsula: 110–112, Campbell, 1998, Amph. Rept. N. Guatemala Yucatan Belize: 87–89, and Lee, 2000, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Maya World: 114–116. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 617. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 265–268, provided a brief summary of natural history and identification key for the species of Smilisca in Central America and provided a range map and photograph for this species. De la Torre-Loranca, Martínez-Fuentes, Canseco-Márquez, and García-Vázquez, 2020, Herpetol. Rev., 51: 550, provided several records from Veracruz, Mexico, and discussed the range. 

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