Osteocephalus buckleyi
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Hylinae
Taxonomic Notes: Ron, S.R., P. Venegas, E.Toral, M.Read, D.A. Ortiz, A.L. Manzano 2012. Zookeys (229):1-52.: Synonomized Osteocephalus vilmae with O. buckleyi: Jungfer, Karl-Heinz; Faivovich, Julian; Padial, Jose M.; et al. 2013. Systematics of spiny-backed treefrogs (Hylidae: Osteocephalus): an Amazonian puzzle. Zoologica Scripta 42(4): 351-380

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


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Source credit:
Guia de Sapos da Reserva Adolpho Ducke, Amazonia Central by Lima et al. 2005

INPA (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia)
PPBio (Programa de Pesquisa em Biodiversidade)
PELD (Pesquisas Ecológicas de Longa Duração)

Males 42-50 mm, females 63-69 mm. The dorsal coloration consists of a dark green background with brown spots. Tubercles distributed over the dorsal surface give the skin a granular appearance. A fringe of skin extends along the outer edge of the feet. The inner thigh and inguinal region are violet blue. The iris is golden.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela


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Occurs throughout the Reserva Florestal Adolpho Ducke in Brazil, and is frequently found in shrubs and trees near the large streams Acará, Bolivia, Ipiranga and Tinga.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The species is arboreal and nocturnal, and occurs on the edges of streams in “terra-firme” forest. At night, individuals can be found on branches or trunks of trees over or near streams. During the day, they are found on roots, rocks or fallen trunks near water. Males call near waterfalls or where obstacles, such as fallen branches, produce noise in streams. Reproduction occurs mainly in the dry season between June and December. The females deposit about 900-1000 eggs in embayments at the edges of streams. Tadpoles live in streams and are unpalatable to fish. Tadpoles are blue black on the back, and have transparent bellies and fins.

Written by Albertina P. Lima, William E. Magnusson, Marcelo Menin, Luciana K. Erdtmann, Domingos J. Rodrigues, Claudia Keller, Walter Hödl (bill AT, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
First submitted 2007-11-21
Edited by Tate Tunstall (2007-11-21)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2007 Osteocephalus buckleyi <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Mar 22, 2018.

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