Hypsiboas calcaratus
Convict 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


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs in the Amazon Basin from southern Colombia and adjacent Ecuador south through Peru to northern Bolivia, the Guianas and the upper Orinoco Basin in Venezuela and Brazil. It generally occurs below 400m asl but can occur at up to 1,000m asl in Ecuador.

Habitat and Ecology

It inhabits the trees and branches of tropical rainforest. In the rainy season, nocturnal and arboreal adults are most commonly seen perched transversely on stems and small branches above slow moving streams (Rodríguez and Duellman, 1994). The eggs are laid in water, and the tadpoles also develop in water.


It is abundant in much of its range, but it is uncommon in Suriname and Bolivia.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Forest conversion, logging, clear cutting and fire are threats to this species.

Conservation Actions

Conservation units are present within its range. In Ecuador, its geographic range overlaps with Reserva de Producción Faunística Cuyabeno, Parque Nacional Yasuní, Reserva Biológica Limoncocha, Parque Nacional Sumaco Napo-Galeras and Parque Nacional Podocarpus.

Taxonomic Notes

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


Claudia Azevedo-Ramos, Enrique La Marca, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron 2010. Hypsiboas calcaratus. In: IUCN 2014


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