Ornate chorus frog

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For microhylid frog found in East and Southeast Asia, see Ornate chorus frog (Asia).
Ornate chorus frog
Pseudacris ornata.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Pseudacris
Species: P. ornata
Binomial name
Pseudacris ornata
(Holbrook, 1836)
Synonyms
  • Rana ornata Holbrook, 1836
  • Cystignathus ornatus — Holbrook, 1842
  • Chorophilus ornatus LeConte, 1855
  • Pseudacris ornata
    Stejneger & Barbour, 1917[1]

The ornate chorus frog (Pseudacris ornata) is a species of chorus frog endemic to the Southeastern United States.

Description[edit]

It is 25-38 mm (1-1.5 inches) in head-body length. Its color varies depending on locale: some are green, others red or brown. It typically has a defined but broken stripe or spots leading from the nose down the side. It has a pure white belly, and usually has yellow spots located in front of the hind legs.

Habitat[edit]

Most commonly found in the southern coastal plain, they live in long leaf pine and pine savannas.

Behavior[edit]

These chorus frogs are nocturnal and are rarely seen, except during mating season.

Taxonomy[edit]

The ornate chorus frog (Pseudacris ornata) was named and classified by American herpetologist John Edwards Holbrook in 1836.

Etymology[edit]

The name of the genus, Pseudacris, comes from the Greek pseudes (false) and akris (locust), probably a reference to the repeated rasping trill of most chorus frogs, which is similar to that of the insect. The specific name, ornata, is the feminine form of the Latin adjective, ornatus (decorated).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amphibian Species of the World 5.6 an Online Reference. American Museum of Natural History. research.amnh.org/vz/herpetology/amphibia/.