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AuthorM.S. Hoogmoed
TitleNotes on the herpetofauna of Surinam : VI. Resurrection of Hyla ornatissima Noble (Amphibia, Hylidae) and remarks on related species of green tree frogs from the Guiana area
JournalZoologische Verhandelingen
KeywordsAmphibia; Hylidae; Hyla ornatissima Noble; taxonomic revision; species descriptions; distribution data
AbstractIn the present paper Hyla ornatissima Noble is removed from the synonymy of Hyla granosa Boulenger, and resurrected as a separate species on the basis of morphological, ecological and acoustical differences. Another relative of this group occurring in Guiana is Hyla sibleszi Rivero. Because of its superficial resemblance with these frogs Hyla punctata (Schneider), of another species-group, is also treated. All four species are extensively described, data on life history and distribution are given. H. sibleszi, so far only known from the type material and some associated specimens, is reported from several new localities in Venezuela and Guyana. It is suggested that the function of the intricate dorsal pattern of H. ornatissima serves to protect the animal from predation, camouflaging it on the leaves of the trees where the animals live. A key to discern the four species is presented.
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