AmphibiaWeb - Boana semilineata


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Boana semilineata (Spix, 1824)
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Hylinae
genus: Boana
Species Description: Spix, JB von. 1824. Animalia nova sive Species novae Testudinum et Ranarum quas in itinere per Brasiliam annis 1817–1820 jussu et auspiciis Maximiliani Josephi I. Bavariae Regis. München. Revalidated by Silveira, SR, and U Caramaschi. 1989. Revalidação de Hyla semilineata Spix, 1824 (Anura, Hylidae). Resumos XVI Congresso Brasileiro de Zoologia, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, João Pessoa: Paraiba, Universidade Federal da Paraiba.

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



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Tadpole description: overall body is elliptical with a maximum length of 44.7 mm (Pezzuti et al. 2021). The tadpole snout is oval shaped, with small to medium-sized round nostrils, located dorsally, directed antero-laterally; the nostril distance to snout 32–41% of eye–snout distance; the nostril lacks any fleshy projection on the medial margin. Its round distinct eyes are located dorsally. Medium-sized oral disc is emarginated ventrally and latero-ventrally; a single row of alternate marginal papillae anteriorly and posteriorly, with biserial lateral portions with wide anterior gap; two to five submarginal papillae scattered laterally in oral disc. Small flaps with labial teeth present laterally and anteriorly in oral disc. The jaw sheaths are narrow and finely serrated on margins with an arc-shaped upper jaw sheath and V-shaped lower jaw sheath; both lower and upper sheaths are same width. Sinistral spiracle. The robust tail has an intermediate height with a round tip and intermediate fins both dorsal and ventral but dorsal fin may be higher than ventral (Pezzuti et al. 2021).

Tadpole coloration in life is overall black including its body, tail, fins and spiracle; the latter may have white spots along the ventral line to the base of the vent. The eyes are black and speckled with silver as is the pupil ring (Pezzuti et al. 2021).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Brazil


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This species ranges along the Atlantic coast of Brazil, specifically north from the State of Pernambuco south to the State of Santa Catarina, up to 800 m above sea level.


Pezzuti TL, FSF Leite, D de C Rossa-Feres, and PC de A Garcia. (2021). "The tadpoles of the Iron Quadrangle, southeastern Brazil: A baseline for larval knowledge and anuran conservation in a diverse and threatened region." South American Journal of Herpetology, 22(Special Issue), 1-107. [link]

Originally submitted by: Michelle S. Koo (2022-04-17)
Description by: Michelle S. Koo (updated 2022-04-17)
Distribution by: Michelle S. Koo (updated 2022-04-17)

Edited by: Michelle S. Koo (2022-04-17)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2022 Boana semilineata <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Mar 3, 2024.

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Citation: AmphibiaWeb. 2024. <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed 3 Mar 2024.

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