Agalychnis dacnicolor (Cope, 1864)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Phyllomedusinae > Genus: Agalychnis > Species: Agalychnis dacnicolor

Phyllomedusa dacnicolor Cope, 1864, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 16: 181. Type(s): USNM, now lost according to Kellogg, 1932, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 160: 143. Type locality: "Near Colima", Mexico.

Agalychnis dacnicolorCope, 1866, J. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, Ser. 2, 6: 86; Faivovich, Haddad, Baêta, Jungfer, Álvares, Brandão, Sheil, Barrientos, Barrio-Amorós, Cruz, and Wheeler, 2010, Cladistics, 26: 259.

Phyllomedusa dacnicolorBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 426.

Phyllomedusa (Agalychnis) dacnicolorLutz, 1950, Mem. Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, 48: 619.

Agalychnis alcorni Taylor, 1952, Copeia, 1952: 31. Holotype: KU 29763. Type locality: "south bank of the Río de Tepalcatepec, 800 feet elevation, 17 miles south of Apatzingan, Michoacán", Mexico. Synonymy by Duellman, 1957, Herpetologica, 13: 30.

Phyllomedusa alcorniFunkhouser, 1957, Occas. Pap. Nat. Hist. Mus. Stanford Univ., 5: 30.

Pachymedusa dacnicolorDuellman, 1968, Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist., 18: 5.

English Names

Mexican Giant Tree Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 67).

Mexican Leaf Frog (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 25; Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 19).


Pacific lowlands of Mexico from southern Sonora and southwestern Chihuahua south (including the Balsas Depression to the state of Mexico) to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


See account by Duellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 81, and note by Duellman, 2001, Hylid Frogs Middle Am., Ed. 2: 845-846. Muñiz-Martínez, 2000, Vert. Mexicana, 9: 7-9, provided a record for Pacific drainage of Durango, Mexico. Unassigned to species group by Faivovich, Haddad, Baêta, Jungfer, Álvares, Brandão, Sheil, Barrientos, Barrio-Amorós, Cruz, and Wheeler, 2010, Cladistics, 26: 259. Rorabaugh and Lemos-Espinal, 2016, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Sonora: 151–163, provided a detailed account of natural history, morphology, distribution, and conservation status in Sonora, Mexico. Lemos-Espinal, 2007, Anf. Rept. Chihuahua Mexico: 46–48, provided an account for Chihuahua, Mexico. Hernández-Ríos and García-Padilla, Herpetol. Rev., 45: 651, provided a range extension within the state of Guerrero, Mexico. Lemos-Espinal, Smith, and Valdes-Lares, 2019, Amph. Rept. Durango: 66–67, provided a brief account for Durango, Mexico. Loc-Barragán, Smith, Woolrich-Piña, and Lemos-Espinal, 2024, Herpetozoa, Wien, 37: 30, reported on the distributional and conservation status in the state of Nayarit, Mexico.   

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