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1 September 2003 A NEW TREEFROG (HYLIDAE: HYLA) FROM SOUTHERN ECUADOR AND A DESCRIPTION OF ITS ANTIPREDATOR BEHAVIOR
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We describe a new species of Hyla from southern Ecuador that is diagnosed by the absence of an omosternum; the presence of an enlarged, curved, and pointed prepollex in males; features of coloration; and an associated suite of presumed anti-predator behaviors. Upon capture, frogs exuded a white, sticky fluid; continued perturbation elicited a defensive posture in which white patches on the posterior sides of the limbs and the vent were displayed. The phylogenetic relationships of H. tapichalaca with respect to the H. armata, H. larinopygion, and H. pulchella groups are discussed.

David Kizirian, Luis A. Coloma, and Arturo Paredes-Recalde "A NEW TREEFROG (HYLIDAE: HYLA) FROM SOUTHERN ECUADOR AND A DESCRIPTION OF ITS ANTIPREDATOR BEHAVIOR," Herpetologica 59(3), 339-349, (1 September 2003). https://doi.org/10.1655/02-41
Accepted: 1 December 2002; Published: 1 September 2003
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