AmphibiaWeb - Hyla gratiosa


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Hyla gratiosa (LeConte, 1856)
Barking Treefrog
Subgenus: Dryophytes
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Hylinae
genus: Hyla
Taxonomic Notes: Duellman et al. (Zootaxa 2016) treated two major clades as genera; AmphibiaWeb treats these two clades as subgenera(Hyla in the Old World; Dryophytes in the New World and East Asia), thus stabilizing traditional taxonomy.

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
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National Status None
Regional Status None
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This frog is the largest Hyla in the United States, with a snout-vent length of 50-70 mm in females and 49-70 mm in males. Dorsal color varies from bright to dark olive green with evenly spaced round dark spots encircled by black. Body surface is uniformly granulated and a thoracic fold is present. Forelimbs are stout and fingers are webbed at the base with large terminal discs. Toes are half webbed.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: United States

U.S. state distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia


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Found on the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains from the Florida parishes of Louisiana to southern Florida and north to Virginia. Absent in most of the Georgia piedmont. Isolated population occur in Kentucky and Tennessee, with a possibly extinct population reported in New Jersey. Absent from most of the Atlantic coast barrier islands.


Caldwell, J. P. (1963). ''Hyla gratiosa.'' Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 298.1-298.2.

Originally submitted by: April Robinson (first posted 2001-02-05)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2001 Hyla gratiosa: Barking Treefrog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 6, 2023.

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