Mexican burrowing tree frog

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Smilisca phaeota
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Subfamily: Hylinae
Genus: Smilisca
Cope, 1865

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The Mexican burrowing tree frog or cross-banded tree frog (Smilisca) is a genus of frogs in the family Hylidae. They live in Mexico, southern Texas and Arizona, Central America, and northwestern South America.

Scientists studying Hylidae recently decided that two species from Pternohyla were really Smilisca.[1] The name "smilisca" is from the Ancient Greek smiliskos for "little knife." The Mexican burrowing tree frogs are called Smilisca because they have pointed frontoparietal processes.[2]

Species[change | change source]

Binomial name and author Common name
S. baudinii (Duméril and Bibron, 1841) Common Mexican tree frog
S. cyanosticta (Smith, 1953) Blue-spotted Mexican tree frog
S. dentata (Smith, 1957) Upland burrowing tree frog
S. fodiens (Boulenger, 1882) Lowland burrowing tree frog
S. manisorum (Taylor, 1954) Masked tree frog
S. phaeota (Cope, 1862) New Granada cross-banded tree frog or masked tree frog
S. puma (Cope, 1885) Nicaragua cross-banded tree frog
S. sila Duellman and Trueb, 1966 Panama cross-banded tree frog
S. sordida (Peters, 1863) Veragua cross-banded tree frog

References[change | change source]

  1. Faivovich, J.; Haddad, C.F.B.; Garcia, P.C.A.; Frost, D.R.; Campbell, J.A.; Wheeler, W.C., 2005: Systematic Review of the Frog Family Hylidae, with Special Reference to Hylinae: Phylogenetic Analysis and Taxonomic Revision. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, Num. 294, pp.1-240. [1]
  2. Dodd, C. Kenneth (2013). Frogs of the United States and Canada. 1. The Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-4214-0633-6.
  • Duellman, W.E. (1993): Amphibian species of the world – Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. (Spec. Publ.), Kansas 21, pp. [1–372]

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