Ptychohyla salvadorensis (Mertens, 1952)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Hylinae > Genus: Ptychohyla > Species: Ptychohyla salvadorensis

Hyla salvadorensis Mertens, 1952, Senckenb. Biol., 33: 169. Holotype: SMF 43045, by original designation. Type locality: "Hacienda San José, 800 m H., Metapan-Gebirge, Dept. Santa Ana, El Salvador".

Ptychohyla salvadorensisCampbell and Smith, 1992, Herpetologica, 48: 165.

English Names

Salvador Stream Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 63).


Pacific versant from northwestern El Salvador to south-central Honduras and southeastern Guatemala; also along the Atlantic versant headwaters near the Continental Divide in southwestern Honduras, 1440–2050 m elevation.


See accounts by Duellman, 1970, Monogr. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas: 337–341(as Hyla salvadorensis), Duellman, 2001, Hylid Frogs Middle Am., Ed. 2: 1006–1009, and McCranie and Wilson, 2002, Amph. Honduras: 317–350. Köhler, Vesely, and Greenbaum, 2005 "2006", Amph. Rept. El Salvador: 46–48, provided an account (for El Salvador) and a color photograph. McCranie, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 38, summarized the departmental distribution in Honduras. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 278. Smith, Arif, Nieto-Montes de Oca, and Wiens, 2007, Evolution, 61: 2075–2085, and Wiens, Kuczynski, Hua, and Moen, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 55: 873, suggested that Ptychohyla salvadorensis is imbedded within Duellmanohyla and should be transferred to that genus, but did not make the change. Köhler, 2011, Amph. Cent. Am.: 256–261, provided a brief summary of natural history and identification key for the species of Ptychohyla in Central America and provided a range map and photograph for this species.

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