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Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum Taylor 1949

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum
Male Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum.

Common name

Plantation Glass Frog



Species description based on Savage (2002). A small glassfrog with quite prominent nostrils (males to 27 mm, females to 29 mm).

Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum Adult 1


The dorsal surface is bright, lime green and covered in rather large diffuse yellow spots.

Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum Dorsal 1 Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum Dorsal 2


The ventral surface is transparent. The liver and digestive tract appear white.

Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum Ventral 1 Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum Ventral 2


The iris is golden. The eyes are protruding.

Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum Eye 1 Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum Eye 2

Life history

Breeding season

Breeding occurs during the rainy season (Hayes 1991). Males call from the underside of leaves (Hayes 1991).


Eggs (50-75 per clutch, Hayes 1991) are laid on the undersurfaces of leave (Hayes 1991). Eggs are depredated by wasps (McDiarmid 1978).


The tadpole is small and fairly flattened, with a long, muscular tail (Savage 2002). The dorsal surface is brownish and the ventral surface appears pinkish (the blood inside the body is visible, Savage 2002). The tail fins are clear, but the tail muscle has some dark pigmentation close to where it meets the body (Savage 2002).

Ecology behavior and evolution


A long, musical trill (Starrett and Savage 1973).

Behavior and communication

Males are territorial, and will wrestle intruding males (Hayes 1991). Males also attend eggs that are laid in their territory (i.e, on the leaves that they call from, Hayes 1991). They periodically climb on top of clutches to rehydrate them (Hayes 1991). However, males only guard clutches at night, which leaves them vulnerable to attacks by predatory wasps during the day (Hayes 1991, McDiarmid 1978).

Taxonomy and systematics



Taylor 1949


Centrolenella colymbiphyllum, Cochranella colymbiphyllum, Hyalinobatrachum crybetes

Type locality

American Cinchona Plantation, elev. 5,600 ft., Caribbean drainage of Volcán Poas, Costa Rica

Habitat and distribution


Lowland, premontane and lower montane forest to 1800 m.


Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama


Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum distribution
Distrubution map (IUCN)


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Hayes, MP. 1991. A study of clutch attendence in the neotropical frog Centrolenella fleischmanni (Anura: Centrolenidae). Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Miami.

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Taylor, EH. 1951. Two new genera and a new family of tropical American frogs. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 64: 33-40.

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