Lesser tree frog

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Lesser tree frog
Dendropsophus minutus01b.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Dendropsophus
D. minutus
Binomial name
Dendropsophus minutus
(Peters, 1872)
  • Hyla minuta (Peters, 1872)
  • Hyla minuta (Boulenger, 1882)
  • Hyla venata (Cope 1887)
  • Hyla bivittata (Boulenger, 1888)
  • Hyla pallens (Lutz, 1925)
  • Hyla suturata (Miranda-Ribeiro, 1926)
  • Hyla emrichi (Mertens, 1927)
  • Hyla minuta bivittata (Barrio, 1967)
  • Dendropsophus minutus (Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005)
For another species called the Guianan dwarf tree frog, see Dendropsophus goughi

The Guianan dwarf tree frog or lesser tree frog (Dendropsophus minutus) is a frog that lives in the Guianas, Colombia, Trinidad, Venezuela, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Argentina, and Brazil. It lives in a very large part of South America. Scientists have seen it as high as 2000 meters above sea level and as low as at sea level.[1][2]

The male frogs sing for the female frogs from grass and shrubs near water and from plants growing up out of the water. Male frogs will fight each other over the best places to sing. The females lay eggs in water that does not move, like ponds and puddles.[2]

Lesser tree frogs can look very different from each other.

This frog lives in a very large part of South America, in places that are very different from each other, so the individual frogs are also different from each other. In 2014, a team of 30 scientists studied the mtDNA of this frog and found the whole species had 47 different groups in it.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Dendropsophus minutus (Peters, 1872)". Amphibian Species of the World 6.0, an Online Reference. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved May 3, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Camila Both; Geraldo Carvalho; Mirco Sole (May 27, 2004). "Lesser Tree Frog: Dendropsophus minutus". Amphibiaweb. Retrieved May 3, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)