Phyllomedusa coelestis (Cope, 1874)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Phyllomedusinae > Genus: Phyllomedusa > Species: Phyllomedusa coelestis

Pithecopus coelestis Cope, 1874, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 26: 121. Holotype: ANSP 11384, according to Malnate, 1971, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 123: 350; incorrectly reported as lost by Duellman, 1974, Herpetologica, 30: 105–112 (D.C. Cannatella In  Duellman, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 200). Type locality: "Moyabamba [= Moyobamba], [Departamento San Martín,] Peru".

Phyllomedusa coelestisBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 429.

Trachycephalus (Pithecopus) coelestisKnauer, 1878, Naturgesch. Lurche: 110.

Pithecopus coelestisLutz, 1966, Copeia, 1966: 236.

English Names

Starry Leaf Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 62).


Very poorly known with isolated records in Ecuador (Napo and Orellan Provinces), Peru (Loreto and San Martín Provinces), and Colombia (Cauquetá Province). Probably more widespread in the upper Amazon Basin than currently understood.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru


See account by Duellman and Mendelson, 1995, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 55: 346. Not assigned to species group by Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 117–118. In the Phyllomedusa tarsius group of Barrio-Amorós, 2006, Zootaxa, 1309: 55–68. Vigle, 2008, Breviora, 514: 14, provided records from Yasuni and Estación Biológica Jatun Sacha, Napo Province, Ecuador. 

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