Middle East tree frog

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Middle East tree frog
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Hyla
Species: H. savignyi
Binomial name
Hyla savignyi
Audouin, 1827
  • Hyla arborea ssp. savignyi Audouin, 1829
  • Hyla arborea var. savignyi
    Boulenger, 1882

The Middle East tree frog (Hyla savignyi) is a species of frog in the family Hylidae. The species is endemic to the Middle East and especially Israel, where it has been declared an endangered species.


The specific name, savignyi, is in honor of French zoologist Marie Jules César Savigny.[1]

Geographic range[edit]

H. savignyi is found in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen.


The natural habitats of the Middle East tree frog are temperate shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, temperate grassland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, rivers, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marshes, freshwater springs, temperate desert, arable land, rural gardens, canals and ditches, and introduced vegetation.


  1. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2013. The Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians. Exeter, England: Pelagic Publishing Ltd. 262 pp. ISBN 978-1-907807-41-1.


  • Kuzmin S, Papenfuss T, Disi A, Degani G, Tarkhnishvili D, Tuniyev B, Sparreboom M, Ugurtas I, Rastegar-Pouyani N, Anderson S, Sadek R, Hraoui-Bloquet S, Gasith A, Elron E, Gafny S, Gardner A. 2004. Hyla savignyi. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 21 July 2007.
  • IUCN Database "Global Amphibian Assessment" - Hyla savignyi (Status, distribution map, literature. Data posted May 2006) Downloaded on 26 February 2008.
  • Stöck M, Dubey S, Klütsch C, Litvinchuk SN, Scheidt U, Perrin N. 2008. Mitochondrial and nuclear phylogeny of circum-Mediterranean tree frogs from the Hyla arborea group. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49: 1019-1024.
  • Schneider H. 2009. Hyla savignyi Audouin 1827 - Mittelöstlicher-Laubfrosch. Handbuch der Reptilien und Amphibien Europas. Band 5/II Froschlurche (Anura) II (Hylidae, Bufonidae). Wiebelsheim: AULA-Verlag. pp. 141-172.
  • Gvoždík V, Moravec J, Klütsch C, Kotlík P. 2010. Phylogeography of the Middle Eastern tree frogs (Hyla, Hylidae, Amphibia) inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial DNA variation, with a description of a new species. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 55: 1146-1166.

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