Smilisca sila Duellman and Trueb, 1966

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

Smilisca sila Duellman and Trueb, 1966, Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist., 17: 318. Holotype: KU 91852, by original designation. Type locality: "a small stream at north edge of the village of El Volcán, Chiriquí, elevation 1280 meters", Panama.

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

English Names

Panama Cross-banded Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 65).


Humid Pacific lowlands of southwestern Costa Rica to eastern Panama; Caribbean lowlands of Panama and northern Colombia, 10–970 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama


See account by Duellman, 1968, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 63: 1–2, Duellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 609–613, and Duellman, 2001, Hylid Frogs Middle Am., Ed. 2: 993-995 (who suggested that Smilisca sila is the sister taxon of Smilisca sordida). Lips and Savage, 1996, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 109: 17–26, included this species in a key to the tadpoles found in Costa Rica. See accounts by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 354–355, and McCranie and Wilson, 2002, Amph. Honduras: 342–344. 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.

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