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Dendropsophus subocularis Dunn 1934

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Common name

Rio Tuquesa Treefrog



Species description based on Ibanez et al (1999), Duellman (2001), and Savage (2002). A small frog, males to 23.1 mm, females to 26.1 mm.


The dorsal surface is yellowish-tan with some darker brown pigmentation or other markings. These markings sometimes form a faint X shape just behind the head. The upper surfaces of the arms and legs usually have dark barring.


The ventral surface is creamy white.

Concealed surfaces

Yellow spots bordered with a thin ring of black may be present on the inner surface of the thigh.

Distinguishing characteristics

This species has a narrow light stripe (creamy yellow) than runs from the tip of the nose to the eye and continues above the eye. In females, behind the eye, the stripe widens and continues laterally to just before the groin. In addition, most individuals have two light bars extending from the base of the eye to the upper lip.


The iris is pale silvery grey, changing to a rose color around the pupil.


The feet have more extensive webbing than the hands. Digits end in large terminal discs.

Life history

Breeding season

Unknown. However, breeding individuals were observed by Duellman (2001) in July (rainy season). This is a pond-breeding species (Duellman 2001).


Bright yellow eggs are laid on vegetation overhanging ponds (see photos of Carlos Hernandez).


The tadpole of D. subocularis is mostly black, with some light tan markings on the tail (Duellman 2001). The ventral surface has some small bronze flecking (Duellman 2001).

Metamorph juvenile

Recent metamorphs are pale bronze (Duellman 2001). Eye coloration is similar to adults (Duellman 2001).

Taxonomy and systematics


  • Kingdom:Animalia


Dunn 1934


Hyla subocularis


Latin sub = under ocularis = eyes

Type locality

Rio Chucunaque, first creek above entrance of Rio Tuquasa (Panama)

Habitat and distribution


Lowland forest to 500 m.


Colombia, Panama


Dendropsophus subocularis distribution
Distrubution map (IUCN)


Duellman, WE. 2001. The Hylid Frogs of Middle America. 2nd ed. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca, New York.

Duellman, WE and ML Crump. 1974. Speciation in frogs of the Hyla parviceps group in the upper Amazon basin. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas 23: 1-40.

Faivovich, J, CFB Haddad, PCO Garcia, DR Frost, JA Campbell, and WC Wheeler. 2005. Systematic review of the frog family Hylidae, with special reference to Hylinae: Phylogenetic analysis and taxonomic revision. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History: 1-240.

Ibáñez, R, F Solís, C Jaramillo, and AS Rand. 2000. An overwiew of the herpetology of Panama. In: Johnson, JD, RG Webb, and OA Flores-Villela. Eds. Mesoamerican Herpetology: Systematics, Zoogeography and Conservation, pp. 159-170. The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas.

Ruiz-Carranza, PM, MC Ardila-Robayo, and JD Lynch. 1996. Lista actualizada de la fauna de Amphibia de Colombia. Revista de la Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales: 365-415.

Savage, JM. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna between two Continents, between two Seas. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.