Hypsiboas punctatus
Polka-dot 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: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species occurs throughout the Amazon basin in South America, south to the Chaco region of Paraguay and along the banks of the Río Paraguay-Parana, Argentina. It is present on Trinidad island, Trinidad and Tobago. It is found from the lowlands to 1,400 m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

Individuals have been found in primary and secondary forest (Duellman, 1978), but it is usually found in grasses or bushes (leaves and branches) in flooded areas, seasonal swamps, slowly moving water, choked ditches or rivers. It is common to find it in pastures and fairly open country. The presence of this species might be associated with the plant Montrichardia arborescens. In the Iquitos region, Perú, this frog is common in permanent and semi permanent open ponds, where males call from water surface amidst grassy areas (Rodríguez and Duellman, 1994). Eggs and tadpoles develop in the water. It can occur in badly degraded habitats, rural gardens and sometimes in towns.


It is a common species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There are no major threats to this widespread species that has large areas of suitable habitat remaining. There is some localized habitat loss to general human activities such as logging and agriculture (crops, livestock etc.). It is sometimes found in the international pet trade but at levels that do not currently constitute a major threat.

Conservation Actions

It is present in numerous protected areas throughout its range.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was previously within the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Hypsiboas (Faivovich, et al., 2005). The taxonomy and synonymy of this name is convoluted and unstable. It certainly includes many species (Hoogmoed and Gruber, 1983). The name Hypsiboas hobbsi has been employed for Venezuelan specimens (e.g. McDiarmid and Paolillo, 1988).


Enrique La Marca, Norman Scott, Lucy Aquino, Claudia Azevedo-Ramos, Luis A. Coloma, Santiago Ron, Julian Faivovich, Diego Baldo, Jerry Hardy, César Luis Barrio Amorós 2010. Hypsiboas punctatus. In: IUCN 2014


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