Dendropsophus nanus (Boulenger, 1889)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Dendropsophinae > Genus: Dendropsophus > Species: Dendropsophus nanus

Hyla nana Boulenger, 1889, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 2, 7: 249. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.12.83-85 (formerly according to Condit, 1964, J. Ohio Herpetol. Soc., 4: 93, and MSNG 29721A; MSNG 29721A designated lectotype by Capocaccia, 1957, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 69: 213. Type locality: "Colonia Resistencia, South Chaco, Argentine Republic".

Sphoenohyla nanaGoin, 1957, Caldasia, 8: 25.

Dendropsophus nanusFaivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 92.

English Names

Dwarf Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 56).


Northeastern Brazil, Surinam, and French Guiana southward through central Paraguay, northern Argentina, eastern Bolivia, to extreme southern Brazil, Uruguay, and La Plata Basin in Argentina.


See Cei, 1980, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Monogr., 2: 495-498, and Langone and Basso, 1987, Comun. Zool. Mus. Hist. Nat. Montevideo, 11: 1-17. See Barrio, 1967, Physis, Buenos Aires, 26: 521-524, for subspecies. See Dendropsophus sanborni. In the Hyla microcephala group according to Langone and Basso, 1987, Comun. Zool. Mus. Hist. Nat. Montevideo, 11: 1-17; and Klappenbach and Langone, 1992, An. Mus. Nac. Hist. Nat. Montevideo, Ser. 2, 8: 179. See comment under Hyla walfordi. Lescure and Marty, 2000, Collect. Patrimoines Nat., Paris, 45: 154-155, provided a photo and brief account for French Guiana. Lavilla and Cei, 2001, Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 28: 44, noted recent literature. See comment under Hyla minuscula. Medeiros, Rossa-Feres, and Recco-Pimentel, 2003, J. Heredity, 94: 149-154, reported on karyological differences between Hyla nana and Hyla sanborni, species otherwise frequently confused with each other. Achaval and Olmos, 2003, Anf. Rept. Uruguay, ed. 2: 40, provided a brief account and photograph for the Uruguay population. In the Dendropsophus microcephalus group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 91-92. Ponssa and Lavilla, 2005, Herpetol. Rev., 36: 199, provided a southern record for Argentina and noted the range. Brusquetti and Lavilla, 2006, Cuad. Herpetol., 20: 8, briefly discussed the range in Paraguay. Silva, Santos, Alves, Sousa, and Annunziata, 2010, Sitientibus, Ser. Cienc. Biol., 7: 334-340, provided records for Piauí, Brazil. See account for Surinam population by Ouboter and Jairam, 2012, Amph. Suriname: 126-127. Schulze, Jansen, and Köhler, 2015, Zootaxa, 4016: 31–34, described, diagnosed, and pictured the larva as well as noting an unnamed lineage which they termed Dendropsophus cf. nana.  Teixeira, Zaracho, and Giaretta, 2016, Biota Neotrop., 16 (4: e20160183): 1–4, reported on advertisment and courtship calls. 

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