Spiny-headed tree frog

Spiny-headed tree frog
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Anotheca
Smith, 1939
Species: A. spinosa
Binomial name
Anotheca spinosa
(Steindachner, 1864)

Gastrotheca coronata Stejneger, 1911

The spiny-headed tree frog, Anotheca spinosa, is a species of frog in the Hylidae family. It is monotypic within the genus Anotheca. It is found in Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, and Panama, and its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.[1] It is threatened by habitat loss.

This species is large (58 to 80 mm), with numerous sharp, pointed projections on the head and dorsal surface, hence the common name.[2]


  1. Santos-Barrera, G., Flores-Villela, O., Solís, F., Ibáñez, R., Savage, J. & Chaves, G. 2004. Anotheca spinosa. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 21 July 2007.
  2. http://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/amphibians/en/species/7/
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