Dendropsophus leucophyllatus

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Dendropsophus leucophyllatus
Dendropsophus leucophyllatus

Dendropsophus leucophyllatus

Subordination : Neobatrachia
without rank: Tree frogs (arboranae)
Family : Tree frogs i. w. S. (Hylidae)
Subfamily : Dendropsophinae
Genre : Dendropsophus
Type : Dendropsophus leucophyllatus
Scientific name
Dendropsophus leucophyllatus
( Beireis , 1783)

Dendropsophus leucophyllatus , sometimes also called Surinam clown frog in German, belongs to the family of tree frogs (Hylidae). Its habitat are subtropical and tropical rainforests and swamps in South America.


This tree frog, up to 5 centimeters in size, has a basic red color with yellow or beige spots on its back and feet. The underside shows a strong orange color.


Dendropsophus leucophyllatus is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and probably Venezuela. Its habitat are subtropical and tropical rainforests and swamps.

Way of life

Dendropsophus leucophyllatus is nocturnal, during the day the animal hides well camouflaged on leaves with its legs folded, at night it hunts various insects that are captured while jumping. In captivity, Dendropsophus leucophyllatus can live to be around 4 years old.


To mate shortly after the start of the rainy season, the male clasps a female for several days before eggs are laid. After mating, the female lays over 500 eggs on leaves that hang over a body of water. The tadpoles drop from the leaf into the water and develop into an adult frog there.


Earlier names were:

  • Hyla bufoides Meuschen, 1781
  • Rana leucophyllata Beireis, 1783
  • Hyla leucophylla Gmelin, 1789
  • Rana variegata Bonnaterre, 1789
  • Hyla frontalis Daudin, 1800
  • Hyla favosa Cope, 1885
  • Hyla leucophyllata Beireis, 1783


  • Gottfried Christoph Beireis: Description of a previously unknown American frog. Meeting reports of the Society of Friends of Natural Sciences in Berlin, Vol. 4, 1783, pp. 178–182
  • Herrmann: Terrariums Atlas , Volume 2. Mergus Verlag 2004, p. 1100

Individual evidence

  1. Amphibian Species of the World: Dendropsophus leucophyllatus

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