California tree frog

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California tree frog
Two brown california tree frogs.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Pseudacris
Species: P. cadaverina
Binomial name
Pseudacris cadaverina
(Cope, 1866)
Synonyms

Hyla cadaverina Cope, 1866
Hyla nebulosa Hallowell, 1854
Hyla californiae Gorman, 1960

The California tree frog or California chorus frog (Pseudacris cadaverina) is a "true" tree frog (family Hylidae) from southern California (USA) and Baja California (Mexico).[2] Until recently, the California tree frog was classified in the genus Hyla.[2][3]

Description[edit]

It is a cryptically colored species of tree frog, often resembling granitic stones. It is grey or light brown on its dorsum with darker blotches, and has a whitish venter. It is yellow on the undersides of its legs, groin, and lower abdomen; males of the species have a dusky-yellow throat. The California tree frog has conspicuous toe webbing and pads, and its dorsal skin is roughened and warty. It is 2.9–5 cm (1.1–2.0 in) long.[3][4]

Habitat and conservation[edit]

This species is most likely to occur along streams with abundant boulders and cobbles in their channels. Its distribution is spotty and localized. These frogs are easily handled.[4]

California tree frog is not considered threatened by IUCN: it is a relatively common species with broad distribution, and there are no major threats, except perhaps UV radiation that reduces embryonic survival.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Geoffrey Hammerson, Georgina Santos-Barrera (2004). "Pseudacris cadaverina". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Frost, Darrel R. (2013). "Pseudacris cadaverina (Cope, 1866)". Amphibian Species of the World 5.6, an Online Reference. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Bradford Hollingsworth and Kathy Roberts. "Pseudacris cadaverina California Treefrog". SDHMN Field Guide. San Diego Natural History Museum. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Robert N. Fisher and Ted J. Case. "Pseudacris cadaverina California Treefrog". A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Coastal Southern California. United States Geological Survey (USGS). Retrieved 18 September 2013.