Boana faber (Wied-Neuwied, 1821)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Cophomantinae > Genus: Boana > Species: Boana faber

Hyla faber Wied-Neuwied, 1821, Reise Brasil. Jahr. 1815–1817, 2: 249. Types: Not designated, although presumably including animal figured in pl. 42, fig. 1-2 of Wied-Neuwied, 1824, Abbild. Naturgesch. Brasil., Heft 7. See comments by See Vanzolini and Myers, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 395: 70. Type locality: "S. Agnés" (= Santa Inês [= Fazenda St. Agnes]), Bahia, Brazil.

Hyla fulva Quoy and Gaimard, 1824, in Freycinet (ed.), Voy. Aut. Monde Uranie et la Physicienne, 3 (Zool.): 182. Holotype: Not stated. Type locality: "Rio de Janeiro, sur la route du jardin botanique", Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Synonymy by  Wied-Neuwied, 1825, Beitr. Naturgesch. Brasil., 1: 603. 

Rana gaimardi Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1828, Dict. Class. Hist. Nat., 14, 14: 452. Holotype: "V. plances de ce Dictionnaire" (not seen by DRF), presumably the frog illustrated by Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1831, Dict. Class. Hist. Nat., 17: plate cxxv. The author also cites as a type the frog figured as Rana palmata by Seba, 1734, Locuplet. Rer. Nat. Thesaur. Descript. Icon. Exp. Univ. Phys. Hist., 1: pl. 72, fig. 3 (type of Rana palmata Laurenti, 1768). Type locality: "environs de Rio-Janeiro". A nomen oblitum under Art. 23.9.1 of the Interational Code of Zoological Nomenclature (1999) according to Caramaschi and Niemeyer, 2010, Zootaxa, 2655: 63-68, who made the synonymy; see Shea, 2001, J. Herpetol., 35: 339, for similar issue involving same volumes.

Hyla gaimardi Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1828, Dict. Class. Hist. Nat., 14, 14: plate. Alternative original spelling.

Hypsiboas faberWagler, 1830, Nat. Syst. Amph.: 201.

Hyla wachei Nieden, 1911, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1911: 285. Holotype: ZMB 21901, according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 56. Type locality: "Dire Daua, Abessinien" (in error, according to Noble, 1926, Am. Mus. Novit., 212: 15, who made the synonymy). Bokermann, 1966, Lista Anot. Local. Tipo Anf. Brasil.: 95, regarded to type locality to be "certamente do sul do Brasil".

Hypsiboas faberFaivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 87.

Boana faber — Dubois, 2017, Bionomina, 11: 28. 

English Names

Smith Frog (Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 116).

Blacksmith Tree Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 57).

Blacksmith Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 55).


Eastern to southern Brazil; southeastern Paraguay; Misiones, Argentina.


See Lutz, 1973, Brazil. Spec. Hyla: 11. See also Cei, 1980, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Monogr., 2: 454-459, and Heyer, Rand, Cruz, Peixoto, and Nelson, 1990, Arq. Zool., São Paulo, 31: 261-262. Izecksohn and Carvalho-e-Silva, 2001, Anf. Municipio Rio de Janeiro: 40, provided a brief account and photo. In the Hypsiboas faber group of Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 294: 87. Canelas and Bertoluci, 2007, Iheringia, Zool., 97: 21-26, provided a record for the Serra do Caraça, southern end of the Serra do Espinhaço, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Brusquetti and Lavilla, 2006, Cuad. Herpetol., 20: 9, briefly discussed the range in Paraguay. Cruz, Feio, and Caramaschi, 2009, Anf. Ibitipoca: 94-95, provided photographs and a brief account for Parque Estadual do Ibitipoca, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Freitas, França, and Rodrigues, 2011, Herpetol. Rev., 42: 563, provided a range extension in Bahia, Brazil, and commented on the range.

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