Canal Zone tree frog

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Canal Zone tree frog
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Hypsiboas
Species: H. rufitelus
Binomial name
Hypsiboas rufitelus
(Fouquette, 1961)[2]

Hyla rufitela Fouquette, 1961

The Canal Zone tree frog (Hypsiboas rufitelus) is a species of frog in the family Hylidae found in the Caribbean lowlands of eastern Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and central Panama, as well as the Pacific lowlands of Colombia, although the latter records are uncertain and may refer to Hypsiboas rosenbergi.[3]


Hypsiboas rufitelus is a medium-sized tree frog. Males measure 39–44 mm (1.5–1.7 in) in snout–urostyle length and females 46–48 mm (1.8–1.9 in). It is green above, with profuse, tiny, dark punctations and usually scattered dark spots. Fingers are about one-half and toes three-fourths webbed. Males have a distinct pollex rudiment bearing a spine.[2]


Its natural habitats are humid lowland forests. It tolerates some disturbance and can be found in open areas close to forest. Breeding takes place in swamps surrounded by trees. It is a locally common tree frog in the appropriate habitat.[1]


  1. ^ a b Solís, F.; Ibáñez, R. & Chaves, G. (2008). "Hypsiboas rufitelus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Fouquette, M. J. Jr. (1961). "Status of the frog Hyla albomarginata in Central America". Fieldiana. Zoology. 39: 595–601. 
  3. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Hypsiboas rufitelus (Fouquette, 1961)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 27 June 2014.