Phyllomedusa venusta Duellman and Trueb, 1967

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

Phyllomedusa venusta Duellman and Trueb, 1967, Copeia, 1967: 128. Holotype: KU 96150, 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".

English Names

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


Forests of Darién on both sides of the Panama-Colombia border and 800–1400 m elevation in the central Magdalena valley of Colombia and the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and into the Maracaibo Basin of western Venezuela in the state of Zulia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Colombia, Panama, Venezuela


See account by Duellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 135–138, and note by Duellman, 2001, Hylid Frogs Middle Am., Ed. 2: 848. Not assigned to species group by Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 117–118. Infante-Rivero, Barrio-Amorós, and Rojas-Runjaic, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 101, provided the Venezuelan record. Barrio-Amorós, 2009, Mem. Fund. La Salle Cienc. Nat., 171: 19-46, doubted the distinctiveness of this species from Phyllomedusa trinitatis. In the Phyllomedusa tarsius group of Barrio-Amorós, 2006, Zootaxa, 1309: 55–68. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 204, provided a map and photograph of the species. Ovalle-Pacheco, Camacho-Rozo, and Arroyo, 2019, Check List, 15: 397–398, reported the species from Boyacá, Colombia, and commented on the range in Colombia. See Barrio-Amorós, Rojas-Runjaic, and Señaris, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (1: e180): 108–109, for comments on range and literature. Barros-Granados, Peréz-González, Guerra Rodriguez, and Rueda-Solano, 2023, Herpetol. Bull., London, 166: 14–17, provided records from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in the Departamento Magdalena, Colombia, 176 to 1050 m elevation, and also described the female release call. Bezerra, Mendoza-Roldán, and Hepp, 2023, Stud. Neotrop. Fauna Environ., 58: 485–499, reported on the vocal repertoire. 

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