Dendropsophus ebraccatus
Hourglass Treefrog
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Hylinae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is found on the Caribbean and Gulf coasts of southern Mexico, south into Chiapas, northern Guatemala, and Belize. Further, south, the range is discontinuous with one or two localities in Honduras, several known localities in Nicaragua and then continuous from Costa Rica through Panama to Colombia and northwestern Ecuador. In Colombia, it occurs in the Pacific lowlands and on the western slopes on the Cordillera Occidental, as well as around northern edge of Cordillera Occidental and the Cordillera Central to the western slopes of the Cordillera Oriental (in Santander Department). It occurs from sea level up to 1,600m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a species of humid tropical forest, including primary and secondary forest and forest edge, but also in heavily disturbed areas where most of the forest has been removed. The eggs are placed on leaves overhanging temporary (and sometimes permanent) pools; the tadpoles develop in water.


This species is common to abundant in suitable habitat throughout its range, though is less common in Ecuador.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is very adaptable, and has been found in very open landscapes in Costa Rica (Federico Bolaños pers. comm.). The major threats are likely to be deforestation for agricultural development, illegal crops, logging, and human settlement, and pollution resulting from the spraying of illegal crops.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in many protected areas throughout its range.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was previously within the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Dendropsophus (Faivovich, et al., 2005).


Karl-Heinz Jungfer, John Lynch, Manuel Morales, Frank Solís, Roberto Ibáñez, Georgina Santos-Barrera, Gerardo Chaves, Federico Bolaños, Javier Sunyer 2010. Dendropsophus ebraccatus. In: IUCN 2014


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