Tepuihyla exophthalma (Smith and Noonan, 2001)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Lophyohylinae > Genus: Tepuihyla > Species: Tepuihyla exophthalma

English Names

Big-eye Slender-legged Treefrog (Kok and Kalamandeen, 2008, Intr. Taxon. Amph. Kaieteur Natl. Park: 182).

Distribution

Known from three localities: (1) the type locality at about 585 m on the Tepui south of Imbaimadai, Guyana; (2) Kaiteur National Park, Guyana; (3) Mount Ayanganna, Guyana, 1490-1550 m elevation; (4) 6 km south of the Guardia Nacional check point, Sierra de Lema, Bolívar, Venezuela. Probably to be found in adjacent Brazil. 

Comment

Kok and Kalamandeen, 2008, Intr. Taxon. Amph. Kaieteur Natl. Park: 182-183, provided an account. Barrio-Amorós, Salerno, Rojas-Runjaic, and Noonan, 2010, Check List, 6: 463-464, provided a record for Bolívar Province,Venezuela and discussed the range. See Cole, Townsend, Reynolds, MacCulloch, and Lathrop, 2013, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 125: 410-411, for brief account and records for Guyana (as both Tepuihyla phasmata and Tepuihyla exophthalma). Salerno, Ron, Señaris, Rojas-Runjaic, Noonan, and Cannatella, 2012, Evolution, 66: 3000–3013, suggested that this species was the sister taxon of Tepuihyla.  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 : 357, on the basis of their on molecular evidence confirming this relationship formally moved Osteocephalus exophthalmus into Tepuihyla.  

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