Litoria dentata (Keferstein, 1868)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Pelodryadinae > Genus: Litoria > Species: Litoria dentata

Hyla dentata Keferstein, 1868, Arch. Naturgesch., 34: 284. Holotype: ZFMK 28808 (formerly Zool. Mus. Göttingen 123a), according to Böhme and Bischoff, 1984, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 19: 181. Type locality: "Neu-Süd-Wales", Australia. Also described as new by Keferstein, 1868, Nachr. Ges. Wiss. Göttingen, 1868: 329.

Litoria dentataTyler, 1971, Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist., 19: 352.

Rawlinsonia dentataWells and Wellington, 1985, Aust. J. Herpetol., Suppl. Ser., 1: 6.

English Names

Bleating Tree Frog (Cogger, 1975, Rept. Amph. Australia: 93; Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 62).

Bleating Treefrog (Ingram, Nattrass, and Czechura, 1993, Mem. Queensland Mus., 33: 222; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 59).

Keferstein's Tree Frog (Moore, 1961, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 121: 275; Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 53; Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 32).

Robust Bleating Tree Frog (Rowley, Mahony, Hines, Myers, Price, Shea, and Donnellan, 2021, Zootaxa, 5071: 23). 


Along the coast of northeastern New South Wales from Taree and Upper Pappinbarra to at least as far north as the Queensland border (Border Ranges National Park), Australia, below 1250 m elevation; introduced on Lord Howe Island, Australia. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Australia

Endemic: Australia

Introduced: Australia


See Moore, 1961, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 121: 275. In the Litoria rubella group of Tyler and Davies, 1978, Aust. J. Zool., Suppl. Ser., 27 (63): 41. See brief account by Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 32–33. Plenderleith, Smith, Donnellan, Reina, and Chapple, 2015, PLoS One, 10 (e0126287): 1–14, reported the introduced population on Lord Howe Island, Australia. Rowley, Mahony, Hines, Myers, Price, Shea, and Donnellan, 2021, Zootaxa, 5071: 1–41, revised the diagnosis and range, along with the naming of Litoria balatus and Litoria quiritatus from within the former range of nominal Litoria rubella; calls, morphology, and molecular markers were detailed. Cutajar, Portway, Gillard, and Rowley, 2022, Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus. Online, 36: 25, provided a polygon distribution map. 

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