Osteocephalus verruciger (Werner, 1901)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Lophyohylinae > Genus: Osteocephalus > Species: Osteocephalus verruciger

Hyla verrucigera Werner, 1901, Verh. Zool. Bot. Ges. Wien, 51: 601. Syntypes: ZMB 16589 and ZMH A00946 according to Hallermann, 1998, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 95: 198. Type locality: "Ecuador".

Hyla riopastazae Andersson, 1945, Ark. Zool., 37A(2): 72. Holotype: NHRM 1960 according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 150. Type locality: "Rio Pastaza, 1840 m", eastern Ecuador; restricted to "Baños, Río Pastaza, Provincia Tungurahua, Ecuador", by Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 150. Synonymy by Trueb and Duellman, 1970, Copeia, 1970: 601.

Hyla orcesi Funkhouser, 1956, Zoologica, New York, 41: 78. Holotype: CAS-SU 13150, by original designation. Type locality: "[Río] Pacayacu, a stream that flows into the Cotapino, drainage of the Suno, Río Napo region, eastern Ecuador; alt. 600-650 mtr." Synonymy by Trueb and Duellman, 1970, Copeia, 1970: 601.

Osteocephalus orcesiCochran and Goin, 1970, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 288: 317.

Osteocephalus verrucigerusTrueb and Duellman, 1970, Copeia, 1970: 601. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Osteocephalus verruciger — Duellman, 1985, In Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 167.

English Names

Ecuador Slender-legged Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 61).


Lower Amazonian slopes of Andes from Colombia (1400–2000 m elevation) to Provincia Morona Santiago, Ecuador, and 203 km to the southeast in the Cerro Kampankis area of Loreto, Peru. 


Almendáriz C. and Orcés, 2004, Politécnica, Quito, 25: 118, provided distributional data for Ecuador. Ron, Toral, Venegas, and Barnes, 2010, ZooKeys, 70: 67–92, provided an mtDNA which showed samples of Osteocephalus verruciger being noninclusive with respect to Osteocephalus buckleyi, suggesting either introgressive hybridization or cryptic species; they also suggested (p. 85) that records from Peru are based on misidentified Osteocephalus mimeticus. In the Osteocephalus buckleyi species group of Jungfer, Faivovich, Padial, Castroviejo-Fisher, Lyra, Berneck, Iglesias, Kok, MacCulloch, Rodrigues, Verdade, Torres-Gastello, Chaparro, Valdujo, Reichle, Moravec, Gvoždík, Gagliardi-Urrutia, Ernst, De la Riva, Means, Lima, Señaris, Wheeler, and Haddad, 2013, Zool. Scripta, 42: 351–380. Catenazzi and Venegas, 2012, in Pitman et al. (eds.), Rapid Biol. Social Invent. Rep. 24 268, provided the Peruvian record and dicussed the range. Batallas-R. and Brito, 2016, Rev. Mexicana Biodiversidad, 87: 1292–1300, reported on vocalizations from Sangay National Park, southeastern Ecuador.  

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