Hyla heinzsteinitzi Grach, Plesser & Werner, 2007
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
IUCN status: synonym of Dryophytes japonicus (in error, see below)
The current IUCN RedList assessment for this species (Kuzmin et al., 2017) lists it as a synonym of Dryophytes japonicus. A rather extraordinary situation since the two species are present on different continents. This backtracking from the previous assessment (Grach & Werner, 2008) of "Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)" appears to be due to the introduction of Dryophytes japonicus into Israel and subsequent misidentification of specimens of the latter as the former (see Duellman et al., 2016:23).
Israel & the Palestinian territories
Biology & Ecology
Original scientific description:
Grach, C., Plesser, Y. and Werner, Y. L. (2007). A new, sibling, tree frog from Jerusalem (Amphibia: Anura: Hylidae). Journal of Natural History 41: 709-728.
Duellman, W.E, Marion, A.B. and Hedges, S.B. 2016. Phylogenetics, classification, and biogeography of the treefrogs (Amphibia: Anura: Arboranae). Zootaxa 4104: 1-109.
Constantin Grach, Yehudah Werner. (2008). Hyla heinzsteinitzi. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. (https://www.iucnredlist.org). Downloaded on 16 February 2013.
Kuzmin, S., Maslova, I., Matsui, M., Liang, F. & Kaneko, Y. 2017. Dryophytes japonicus (amended version of 2004 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T55519A112714533. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T55519A112714533.en. Downloaded on 16 February 2020.