Phyllomedusa trinitatis Mertens, 1926

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

Phyllomedusa trinitatis Mertens, 1926, Senckenb. Biol., 8: 145. Holotype: SMF 2633 (formerly 1428. 2a), according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 165. Type locality: "Port of Spain", Trinidad.

Phyllomedusa burmeisteri trinitatisRivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 148.

Phyllomedusa trinitatisRivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 148.

Pithecopus trinitatisLutz, 1966, Copeia, 1966: 236.

English Names

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

Trinidad Leaf-nesting Frog (Hedges, Powell, Henderson, Hanson, and Murphy, 2019, Caribb. Herpetol., 67: 13). 


Trinidad and the coastal mountains in northern Venezuela; a possibly isolated population in Venezuela along the Guyana border (see comment). 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela


See account by Rivero, 1961, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 126: 148. See brief account by Kenny, 1969, Stud. Fauna Curaçao and other Caribb. Is., 29: 25-27, and Murphy, 1997, Amph. Rept. Trinidad Tobago: 76-76. 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. Barrio-Amorós, 2009, Mem. Fund. La Salle Cienc. Nat., 171: 19-46, doubted the distinctiveness of Phyllomedusa venusta from this species, and also reidentified specimens identified as Phyllomedusa tarsius from along the Guyana border to this species; this suggests that a) Phyllomedusa trinitatis likely extends into Guyana, and b) the records of Phyllomedusa tarsius from Guyana deserve a second look. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 107, for comments on range, systematics, and literature.  

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