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Ecnomiohyla, commonly known as fringe-limbed treefrogs or marvelous frogs, is a genus of frogs in the family Hylidae.[2] This genus was erected in 2005 following a major revision of Hylidae. The ten original species in this genus (E. rabborum and E. sukia are later discoveries) were previously placed in the genus Hyla. The generic name Ecnomiohyla comes from Greek ecnomios ("marvelous" or "unusual") and Hylas, the companion of Hercules.[1][3][4]

Fringe-limbed treefrogs
Ecnomiohyla rabborum.jpg
Ecnomiohyla rabborum
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Subfamily: Hylinae
Genus: Ecnomiohyla
Faivovich et al., 2005[1]
Type species
Ecnomiohyla miliaria
Cope, 1886

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Members of Ecnomiohyla are moderately sized to very large frogs with distinctive scalloped fringes of skin on the outer edges of their limbs and relatively immense hands and feet. They are found in the canopies of wet forested highlands of southern Mexico through Central America to Colombia.[5] They are capable of gliding using their webbed hands and feet.[6]


The genus currently includes 12 species,[2] though several authors have proposed that E. tuberculosa may not belong to the genus.[3][5]

Binomial name and author Common name
Ecnomiohyla echinata (Duellman, 1961) Oaxacan fringe-limbed treefrog
Ecnomiohyla fimbrimembra (Taylor, 1948) Heredia treefrog
Ecnomiohyla miliaria (Cope, 1886) Cope's brown treefrog
Ecnomiohyla minera (Wilson, McCranie, and Williams, 1985) Guatemala treefrog
Ecnomiohyla miotympanum (Cope, 1863) Small-eared treefrog
Ecnomiohyla phantasmagoria (Dunn, 1943)
Ecnomiohyla rabborum Mendelson, Savage, Griffith, Ross, Kubicki, and Gagliardo, 2008 Rabb's fringe-limbed treefrog (extinct, 2016)
Ecnomiohyla salvaje (Wilson, McCranie, and Williams, 1985) Copan treefrog
Ecnomiohyla sukia Savage & Kubicki, 2010
Ecnomiohyla thysanota (Duellman, 1966) Cerro Mali treefrog
Ecnomiohyla tuberculosa (Boulenger, 1882) Canelos treefrog
Ecnomiohyla valancifer (Firschein and Smith, 1956) San Martin fringe-limbed treefrog

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  1. ^ a b Julián Faivovich; Célio F.B. Haddad; Paulo C.A. Garcia; Darrel R. Frost; Jonathan A. Campbell; Ward C. 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 (294): 1–240. doi:10.1206/0003-0090(2005)294[0001:SROTFF]2.0.CO;2.
  2. ^ a b Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Ecnomiohyla Faivovich, Haddad, Garcia, Frost, Campbell, and Wheeler, 2005". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b Joseph R. Mendelson III; Jay M. Savage; Edgardo Griffith; Heidi Ross; Brian Kubicki; Ronald Gagliardo (2008). "Spectacular new gliding species of Ecnomiohyla (Anura: Hylidae) from Central Panama". Journal of Herpetology. 42 (4): 750–759. doi:10.1670/08-025R1.1.
  4. ^ Charles W. Myers; Richard B. Stothers (2006). "The myth of Hylas revisited: the frog name Hyla and other commentary on Specimen medicum (1768) of J. N. Laurenti, the "father of herpetology"". Archives of Natural History. 33: 241–266. doi:10.3366/anh.2006.33.2.241.
  5. ^ a b Jay M. Savage; Brian Kubicki (2010). "A new species of fringe-limb frog, genus Ecnomiohyla (Anura: Hylidae), from the Atlantic slope of Costa Rica, Central America". Zootaxa. 2719: 21–34.
  6. ^ Robert W. Hansen, ed. (2008). "About our cover: Ecnomiohyla rabborum". Herpetological Review. 42 (1): 3.

External linksEdit

  • AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. 2008. Berkeley, California: Ecnomiohyla. AmphibiaWeb, available at (Accessed: Apr 21, 2008).