Cornufer cheesmanae (Parker, 1940)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ceratobatrachidae > Subfamily: Ceratobatrachinae > Genus: Cornufer > Species: Cornufer cheesmanae

Platymantis cheesmanae Parker, 1940, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 11, 5: 257. Holotype: BMNH 1938.6.5.28, by original designation (renumbered 1947.2.4.43, according to Günther, 2006 "2005", Zool. Abh. Staatl. Mus. Tierkd. Dresden, 55: 86). Type locality: "dense forest in the Cyclops Range, Dutch New Guinea [=Papua, Indonesia], at 3000–4000 feet".

Cornufer cheesmaniBrown, 1965, Breviora, 218: 2. Incorrect subsequent spelling of the species name. See discussion by Brandon-Jones, Duckworth, Jenkins, Rylands, and Sarmiento, 2007, Zootaxa, 1541: 41–48.

Platymantis cheesmanaeZweifel, 1967, Copeia, 1967: 120, by reference to Brown, 1965, Breviora, 218: 2–3.

Cornufer cheesmanae — Brown, Siler, Richards, Diesmos, and Cannatella, 2015, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 174: 140. 

English Names

Cheesman's Wrinkled Ground Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 104).


Cyclops Mountains, Papua (New Guinea), Indonesia; Bewani Mountains, West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Indonesia, Indonesia - Papua Region, Papua New Guinea


See account by Zweifel, 1969, Am. Mus. Novit., 2374: 16–17. Kraus and Allison, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 364–368, provided the Bewani Mountain record. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 87, provided a brief account. Portik, Streicher, and Wiens, 2023, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 188 (107907): 25, placed this species phylogenetically, as Platymantis cheesmanae, within Cornufer, but without taking any taxonomic action and apparently without regard to the earlier paper by Brown, Siler, Richards, Diesmos, and Cannatella, 2015, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 174: 140, where the same conclusion had been reached. 

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