Tlalocohyla loquax (Gaige and Stuart, 1934)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Hylinae > Genus: Tlalocohyla > Species: Tlalocohyla loquax

Hyla loquax Gaige and Stuart, 1934, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 281: 1. Holotype: UMMZ 75446, by original designation and according to Peters, 1952, Occas. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 539: 16. Type locality: "Ixpuc Aguada, north of La Libertad, El Peten, Guatemala".

Hyla stadelmani Schmidt, 1936, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 49: 45. Holotype: MCZ 21310, by original designation. Type locality: "Subirana Valley, 2800 feet altitude, [Department of] Yoro, Honduras". Tentative synonymy by Taylor, 1949, Am. Mus. Novit., 1437: 1–21, and Taylor, 1952, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 35: 868. Synonymy by Duellman, 1966, Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist., 17: 273.

Hyla axillamembrana Shannon and Werler, 1955, Trans. Kansas Acad. Sci., 58: 383. Holotype: UIMNH 67059 (formerly F.A. Shannon 4083), according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 70. Type locality: "from an elevation of about 1400 feet 5 mi. S Lake Catemaco on the San Andres Tuxtla-Minatitlan road", Veracruz, Mexico. Synonymy by Duellman, 1960, Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist., 13: 62.

Tlalocohyla loquaxFaivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 107.

English Names

Mahogany Treefrog (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 23; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 56; Lee, 2000, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Maya World: 98; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 25; Hedges, Powell, Henderson, Hanson, and Murphy, 2019, Caribb. Herpetol., 67: 14). 

Loquacious Treefrog (Lee, 1996, Amph. Rept. Yucatan Peninsula: 93; Campbell, 1998, Amph. Rept. N. Guatemala Yucatan Belize: 79).


Low and moderate elevations of the Atlantic versant from southern Veracruz and eastern Oaxaca, Mexico, to east-central Costa Rica and the Islas del Maíz, Nicaragua; also at moderate and intermediate elevations on the Pacific versant of south-central Honduras.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua


Formerly in the Hyla godmani group; see Duellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 359–363, Savage and Heyer, 1969, Rev. Biol. Tropical, 16: 1–127; Duellman, 2001, Hylid Frogs Middle Am., Ed. 2: 903–904; Lee, 1996, Amph. Rept. Yucatan Peninsula: 92–95; Campbell, 1998, Amph. Rept. N. Guatemala Yucatan Belize: 79–80, Lee, 2000, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Maya World: 98–101; Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 308–309, and McCranie and Wilson, 2002, Amph. Honduras: 267–271. Lips and Savage, 1996, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 109: 17–26, included this species (as Hyla loquax) in a key to the tadpoles found in Costa Rica. See review by Townsend and Langan, 2006, Cat. Am. Amph. Rept., 806: 1–8. McCranie, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 39, detailed the departmental range in Honduras. Valdés-Orellana, McCranie, and Gutsche, 2011, Herpetol. Rev., 42: 238, provided a record for El Paraíso, Honduras. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 269–270, provided a brief summary of natural history and identification key for the species of Tlalocohyla 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 Atlántico Norte, Nicaragua. 

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