Agalychnis spurrelli Boulenger, 1913

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

Agalychnis spurrelli Boulenger, 1913, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1913: 1024. Syntypes: including BMNH 1947.2.24.24–25 (formerly 1913.11.12.129–130) according to Condit, 1964, J. Ohio Herpetol. Soc., 4: 86, who also noted that 4 specimens were mentioned in the original publication); the missing specimens are currently not located. Type locality: "Peña Lisa, Condoto, altitude 300 feet", Provincia Chocó, Colombia.

Phyllomedusa spurrelliFunkhouser, 1957, Occas. Pap. Nat. Hist. Mus. Stanford Univ., 5: 39.

Phyllomedusa litodryas Duellman and Trueb, 1967, Copeia, 1967: 125. Holotype: KU 96149, by original designation. Type locality: "1 km west-southwest of the junction of the Río Mono and the Río Tuira, Darién Province, Panamá, elevation 130 m". Synonymy by Ortega-Andrade, 2008, Pap. Avulsos Zool., São Paulo, 48: 105.

Agalychnis litodryasDuellman, 1968, Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist., 18: 4.

English Names

Gliding Leaf Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 52).

Pink-sided Leaf Frog (Agalychnis litodryas [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 52).


Central western lowlands of Costa Rica to the Pacific lowlands of Colombia (Chocó, Valle del Cauca, Cauca, and Nariño) and Ecuador (Esmeraldas, Los Ríos, Manabí, Pichincha, Carchi, Santa Elena, and El Oro provinces), 42–1199 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama


See account by Duellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 124–128, and note by Duellman, 2001, Hylid Frogs Middle Am., Ed. 2: 842–843. 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 account by Savage, 2002, Amph. Rept. Costa Rica: 285-286. See account (as Agalychnis litodryas) by Duellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 128, and note by Duellman, 2001, Hylid Frogs Middle Am., Ed. 2: 840 (as Agalychnis litodryas). Ortega-Andrade, 2008, Pap. Avulsos Zool., São Paulo, 48: 103–117, reported on variation and distribution. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status of nominal Agalychnis litodryas in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 239. Vega and Robertson, 2009, Herpetol. Rev., 40: 361, provided a record for west-central Costa Rica and commented on the range. In the Agalychis callidryas group of Faivovich, Haddad, Baêta, Jungfer, Álvares, Brandão, Sheil, Barrientos, Barrio-Amorós, Cruz, and Wheeler, 2010, Cladistics, 26: 259. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 198–201, provided a key to the species of Central America and provided a map and photograph of the species, including this one. Vargas-Salinas and Torres-Suárez, 2013, Catal. Anf. Rept. Colombia, Medellín, 1: 19–25, provided an account and spot map for Colombia. Curlis and Macklem, 2017, Herpetol. Rev., 48: 582–583, provided an eastern (for Costa Rica) and elevational record from Coro Brus Municipality, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica. Cossio and Medina-Barcenas, 2020, S. Am. J. Herpetol., 17: 71-78, reported on the acoustic repertoire. Montes-Correa, Jiménez-Bolaño, Collazos-Astudillo, and Renjifo, 2023, Reptiles & Amphibians, 30 (e19521): 1–4, discussed the range and provided a dot map of the range along with a new record from the Municipality of Magüí Payán, Santo Domingo Village, Nariño Department, Colombia, 42 m elevation. Cruz-García, Zapata-Salvatierra, Sánchez-Nivicela, Chauca, Matecki, and Perez-Correa, 2024, Ecol. Evol., 14(e11401): 3, provided a record for San Pablo, Cañar Province, as well as a dot map and brief account for Ecuador. 

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