AmphibiaWeb - Hyla chinensis


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Hyla chinensis Günther, 1858
Chinese Tree Toad
Subgenus: Hyla
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.
Hyla chinensis
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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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Hyla chinensis is 25-33 mm in SVL, with females only slightly larger than males. The head is longer than wide. The back is smooth and is dark green in color. Ventrally, the frog is yellow. The lips are brown with small yellowish brown dots. A black stripe runs from the tympanic membrane to the eye. Small scattered black spots are present along the sides (Lue 1990).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: China, Taiwan, Viet Nam

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This species is found in China, including Henan, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hunan, Jiangxi, Fujian, Taiwan, Guangdong, and Guangxi (Fei 1999). Hyla chinensis inhabits trees and shrubs in forests as well as living in cultivated rice fields, ponds, and corn bushes, at elevations of 200-1,000 m asl (Fei 1999, Lue et al. 2004).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Hyla chinensis can be found perching in trees and shrubs, frequently in small groups (Lue 1990). It can also be found in rice fields and ponds and the surrounding areas (Kuangyang et al. 2004). It is usually hard to find except during the rainy season (Lue 1990).

Males call at night in rushed and high-pitched continuous phrases (Fei 1999). Females lay eggs (1-1.5 mm in diameter) from April to May but only after a rainy night (Fei 1999). Breeding occurs in pools (Lue et al. 2004). Metamorphosis occurs as early as late May (Fei 1999).

Trends and Threats
The species is currently stable due to its wide distribution in China and having a significant portion of the population in protected areas (Lue et al. 2004).

There is a single report of a specimen from Viet Nam (Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc Province; Nguyen et al. 2005), but it has been questioned whether the Viet Nam specimen may actually be Hyla annectans (Frost 2009).


Fei, L. (1999). Atlas of Amphibians of China. Henan Publishing House of Science and Technology, Zhengzhou.

Lue, K., Chou, W., Yuan, Z., Geng, B., and Gu, H. 2004. Hyla chinensis. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 08 May 2009.

Lue, K.-Y. (1990). The Amphibians and Reptiles of Taiwan. The Council of Agriculture, Taiwan. R.O.C.

Nguyen, V. S., Ho, T. C., and Nguyen, Q. T. (2005). A Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles of Vietnam. Na xuat ban nong nghiep (Na Manufacturing Agriculture Committee), Hanoi.

Originally submitted by: Jesse Lou (first posted 2000-06-29)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2009-10-12)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Hyla chinensis: Chinese Tree Toad <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 26, 2024.

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