Mediterranean tree frog

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Mediterranean tree frog
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Hyla
H. meridionalis
Binomial name
Hyla meridionalis
Boettger, 1874
Range of Mediterranean tree frog
  • Hyla africana Ahl, 1924
  • Hyla arborea subsp. meridionalis Boettger, 1874
  • Hyla arborea var. meridionalis Böttger, 1874
  • Hyla barytonus Herón-Royer, 1884
  • Hyla perezii Boscá, 1880
  • Hyla viridis subsp. meridionalis Boettger, 1874
Rest position - Haute-Garonne France

The Mediterranean tree frog (Hyla meridionalis), or stripeless tree frog, is a species of frog found in south-west Europe and north-west Africa. It resembles the European tree frog, but is larger (some females are up to 65 millimetres (2.6 in) long), has longer hind legs, and the flank stripe only reaches to the front legs (often starting at the eyes, not at the nostrils). The croaking resembles that of H. arborea, but it is deeper and slower.

The Hyla meridionalis generally breed from the end of March through the beginning of July; their breeding is dependent on a few variables, including water availability. This tree frog species has a larval period of 15 days.[3]


This frog is found in central and southern Portugal, Spain (from Catalonia to Andalusia and Extremadura), southern France, northern Italy (only Liguria), Morocco, northern Algeria and northern Tunisia. It also has ancient introduced populations in Madeira and the Canary Islands and a recent introduction in Menorca.


  1. ^ David Donaire-Barroso, Trevor Beebee, Pedro Beja, Franco Andreone, Jaime Bosch, Miguel Tejedo, Miguel Lizana, Iñigo Martínez-Solano, Alfredo Salvador, Mario García-París, Ernesto Recuero Gil, Tahar Slimani , El Hassan El Mouden, Rafael Marquez (2009). "Hyla meridionalis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2009: e.T55557A11317657. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009.RLTS.T55557A11317657.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Hyla meridionalis". Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  3. ^ Sillero, Neftalí (2010-01-01). "Modelling suitable areas for Hyla meridionalis under current and future hypothetical expansion scenarios". Amphibia-Reptilia. 31 (1): 37–50. doi:10.1163/156853810790457948. ISSN 1568-5381.
  • Stöck M., Dubey S., Klütsch C., Litvinchuk S. N., Schleidt U., and Perrin N. (2008): Mitochondrial and nuclear phylogeny of circum-Mediterranean tree frogs from the Hyla arborea group. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49: 1019-1024.