Cornufer pelewensis (Peters, 1867)

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

Platymantis plicifera var. Pelewensis Peters, 1867, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1867: 33. Syntypes: ZMB 5699 (2 specimens), according to Bauer, Günther, and Klipfel, 1995, in Bauer et al. (eds.), Herpetol. Contr. W.C.H. Peters: 49, who could not locate the specimens. Type locality: "Pelewinseln" [= Palau Islands].

Platymantis corrugata var. pelewensisMeyer, 1875 "1874", Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1874: 139.

Cornufer pelewensisBrown, 1965, Breviora, 218: 2.

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

Cornufer (Aenigmanura) pelewensis — Brown, Siler, Richards, Diesmos, and Cannatella, 2015, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 174: 153. 

English Names

Palau Wrinkled Ground Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 105).


Palau Island, Micronesia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Palau

Endemic: Palau


Removed from the synonymy of Platymantis corrugatus by Brown, 1965, Breviora, 218: 2, where it had been placed by Van Kampen, 1923, Amph. Indo-Austral. Arch.: 190. See Kuramoto, 1997, Copeia, 1997: 183-187, for discussion of relationships, and Crombie and Pregill, 1999, Herpetol. Monogr., 18: 29-80, for discussion of nomenclatural history and habitat. Zug, 2013, Rept. Amph. Pacific Is.: 58–59, provided a brief account and photograph. 

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