Phytotriades Jowers, Downieb, and Cohen, 2009

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Lophyohylinae > Genus: Phytotriades
1 species

Phytotriades Jowers, Downieb, and Cohen, 2009, Stud. Neotrop. Fauna Environ., 43: 186. Type species: Amphodus auratus Boulenger, 1917, by original designation.

English Names

Trinidad Golden Treefrogs (Hedges, Powell, Henderson, Hanson, and Murphy, 2019, Caribb. Herpetol., 67: 13). 


As for the single species.


The content of the taxon remains unelucidated. Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 1–240, placed this species in the Phyllodytes auratus group, along with Phyllodytes wuchereri, following Caramaschi, Peixoto, and Rodrigues, 2004, Arq. Mus. Nac., Rio de Janeiro, 62: 185-191. Jowers, Downieb, and Cohen, 2009, Stud. Neotrop. Fauna Environ., 43: 186, did not address Phyllodytes wuchereri in their analysis, nor most of the putative members of Phyllodytes, so, although it is clear that "Phyllodytes" (sensu lato) is polyphyletic, it is not clear what the ultimate membership in either Phyllodytes or Phytotriades will be—DRF. These authors placed Phytotriades as the sister taxon of Argenteohyla. Wiens, Kuczynski, Hua, and Moen, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 5555: 871-882, considered the recognition of Phytotriades disinct from Phyllodytes premature on the basis of their parsimony analysis. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences, but seemingly excluding the rhodopsin data from Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294, suggested that Phytotriades auratus (their Phyllodytes auratus) is the sister taxon of Itapotihyla, rather than close to Phyllodytes luteolusBlotto, Lyra, Cardoso, Rodrigues, Dias, Marciano, Vechio, Orrico, Brandão, Assis, Lantyer-Silva, Rutherford, Gagliardi-Urrutia, Solé, Baldo, Nunes, Cajade, Torres, Grant, Jungfer, Silva, Haddad, and Faivovich, 2021, Cladistics, 37: 36–72, discussed the instability of phylogenetic placement of this taxon. Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 441, recovered this taxon far from Phyllodytes in their overall tree. 

Contained taxa (1 sp.):

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