Nicaragua cross-banded tree frog

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Nicaragua cross-banded tree frog
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Smilisca
S. puma
Binomial name
Smilisca puma
(Cope, 1885)
  • Hyla puma (Cope, 1885)
  • Hyla wellmanorum (Taylor, 1952)
  • Smilisca wellmanorum (Starrett, 1960)
  • Smilisca puma (Duellman and Trueb, 1966)

The Nicaragua cross-banded tree frog or tawny smilisca (Smilisca puma) is a frog that lives in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Scientists have seen it as high as 520 meters above sea level.[1][2]

The adult male frog is 3.2 to 3.8 cm long and the adult female frog is 4.0 to 4.6 cm long. It has white stripes on its legs and face. Its front feet are not webbed but they do have discs on them for climbing. The skin of its back has long dark marks across it. It has a white belly. Its eyes are the color of bronze.[2]

The tadpoles can be 2.4 cm long with short tails. Their eyes are also the color of bronze.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Smilisca puma (Cope, 1885)". Amphibian Species of the World 6.0, an Online Reference. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 David Chen (May 11, 2008). "Smilisca puma: Cross-banded tree frog". Amphibiaweb. Retrieved February 14, 2021.