As everyone knows, the Corona Virus has altered much or nearly everything we do—this includes our workshops. Many of the workshops that we co-sponsor with The Laguna Foundation have been cancelled until the corona virus outbreak is better under control. The workshops that are strictly field-oriented (i.e., CRLF - level I, CRLF level II, FYLF level II, and bullfrog control) are still moving forward and are being conducted with a level of vigilance that allows participants to remain safe and still get much out of these workshops. Please feel free to see our workshops page for more information.
What is going on with our treefrogs in California?!
The treefrog in California has gone through a few iterations of name changes for both scientific binomial and common name. Unfortunately, this has not ended (currently or in the future). The genus name of Pseudacris, which was recommended by Recuero et al. (see: “Phylogeography of Pseudacris regilla (Anura: Hylidae) in western North America, with a proposal for a new taxonomic rearrangement". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 39:293–304; you can find it in ResearchGate)appears to have been based on inappropriate or far too limited (patchy) sampling. More current, and more accepted is the change from Pseudacris regilla (= Hyla regilla; northwest California),Pseudacris sierra(= Hyla sierra; Central California), Pseudacris cadaverina (= Hyla cadaverina; southern California), and Baja California treefrog (Pseudacris hypochondriaca; southern California) to Hyliola regilla, Hyliola sierra, Hyliola cadaverina, and Hyliola hypochondriaca (based on Duellman et al. 2016. Phylogenetics, classification, and biogeography of the treefrogs (Amphibia: Anura: Arboranae). Zootaxa 1:1–109.). The most appropriate (i.e., current) use of a scientific binomial for the Pacific treefrog, Sierra treefrog, California treefrog, and Baja California treefrog (yes, treefrog), is the use of the genus name Hyliola. HOWEVER, the Hyliola have been un-split or re-lumped into the older classification that we remember as Hyla regilla, along with Hyla cadaverina. This means that they really should be considered Hyliola regilla and Hyliola cadaverina, with no further recognition of sierra and hypochondriaca. In summary, we have two species of treefrogs in California, both from the genus Hyliola.
We have new publications on California red-legged frog, Alameda Whipsnake, and California tiger salamander behavior, as well as natural history notes on western pond turtle and black-tailed brush lizard. Also, a comprehensive look at western pond turtle nesting behavior was published in 2020.
We have lots of publications coming out in the next year. Check our Publications page for .pdfs
In 2021 we hope to have new publications in print on: