Scarthyla vigilans (Solano, 1971)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Pseudinae > Genus: Scarthyla > Species: Scarthyla vigilans

Hyla vigilans Solano, 1971, Acta Biol. Venezuelica, 7: 212. Holotype: MBUCV IV-6163, by original designation. Type locality: "de la carretera entre Coloncito y El Vigía (a los 20 km), Estado Zulia, Venezuela".

Scarthyla vigilansBarrio-Amorós, Diaz de Pascual, Mueses-Cisneros, Infante-Rivero, and Chacón-Ortiz, 2006, Zootaxa, 1349: 1.

English Names

Maracaibo Basin Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 58).

Distribution

Maracaibo Basin and Orinoco Delta, Venezuela; Trinidad; Caribbean lowlands, Magdalena Valley, and eastern llanos of Colombia.

Comment

Suggested by E. La Marca IN Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 157, to be a member of the genus Scinax. Suárez-Mayorga and Lynch, 2001, Caribb. J. Sci., 37: 116-119, noted that the relationships of Hyla vigilans are obscure, but definitely not Scinax, and they noted considerable confusion in the literature regarding specimens referred to by this name. Barrio-Amorós, 1999 "1998", Acta Biol. Venezuelica, 18: 34, commented on the Venezuelan distribution. Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 111, could not assign this species to any of the currently recognized taxa, but pending examination of the type left this species incertae sedis. Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294, could not allocate several members of former "Hyla" to any of the new genera but believed that they would be so allocated with additional work. Barrio-Amorós, Diaz de Pascual, Mueses-Cisneros, Infante-Rivero, and Chacón-Ortiz, 2006, Zootaxa, 1349: 1-18, subsequently showed that the species is a member of Scarthyla. Rojas-Runjaic, Barrio-Amorós, Molina, Señaris, and Fedón, 2008, Check List, 4: 301-303, provided new records for Venezuela. Smith, Thornham, Rutherford, Charles, Murphy, Downie, Dye, and Ogilvy, 2011, Check List, 7: 574-577, provided records for southwestern Trinidad.

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