Chorus frog

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Chorus frog
P ocularis USGS.jpg
Pseudacris ocularis, little grass frog
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Subfamily: Hylinae
Genus: Pseudacris
Fitzinger, 1843

Pseudacris (commonly known as the chorus frogs) is a genus of frogs in the family Hylidae found in North America ranging from the Pacific coastline to the Atlantic.

The name of the genus 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. It could also mean ‘false Acris’, distinguishing it from another frog genus.[1]


The number of species in this genus is controversial, but Frost et al. list 18 species:[2]

Binomial name and author Common name
Pseudacris brachyphona (Cope, 1889) mountain chorus frog
Pseudacris brimleyi Brandt & Walker, 1933 Brimley's chorus frog
Pseudacris cadaverina (Cope, 1866) California tree frog
Pseudacris clarkii (Baird, 1854) spotted chorus frog
Pseudacris crucifer (Wied-Neuwied, 1838) spring peeper
Pseudacris feriarum (Baird, 1854) upland chorus frog
Pseudacris fouquettei Lemmon et al., 2008 Cajun chorus frog
Pseudacris hypochondriaca (Hallowell, 1854) Baja chorus frog
Pseudacris illinoensis Smith, 1951 Illinois chorus frog
Pseudacris kalmi Harper, 1955 New Jersey chorus frog
Pseudacris maculata (Agassiz, 1850) boreal chorus frog
Pseudacris nigrita (Le Conte, 1825) southern chorus frog
Pseudacris ocularis (Bosc & Daudin, 1801) little grass frog
Pseudacris ornata (Holbrook, 1836) ornate chorus frog
Pseudacris regilla (Baird & Girard, 1852) Pacific tree frog
Pseudacris sierra Wright & Wright, 1933 Sierran chorus frog
Pseudacris streckeri (Jameson, Mackey, and Richmond, 1966) Strecker's chorus frog
Pseudacris triseriata (Wied-Neuwied, 1838) western chorus frog or striped chorus frog


  1. ^ Dodd, C. Kenneth (2013). Frogs of the United States and Canada. 1. The Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-4214-0633-6.
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2015). "Pseudacris Fitzinger, 1843". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 21 April 2015.

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