Litoria dorsalis Macleay, 1878

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

Litoria dorsalis Macleay, 1878, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, 2: 138. Type(s): Not stated; considered by Fry, 1913, Mem. Queensland Mus., 2: 47, and Goldman, Hill, and Stanbury, 1969, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, 93: 427, to be lost. Type locality: "Katow", near mouth of Binaturi River, Western Province, Papua New Guinea; stated as "Mawatta, Binaturi River (as Katow), Papua New Guinea", by Cogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 42.

Hyla dorsalisBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 337, by implication.

Hyla dorsalis dorsalisCogger, 1966, Aust. Zool., 13: 222.

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

Llewellynura dorsalisWells and Wellington, 1985, Aust. J. Herpetol., Suppl. Ser., 1: 5.

English Names

Dwarf Rocket Frog (Cogger, 1975, Rept. Amph. Australia: 94; Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 62; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 59).


Known only from two localities on the southern lowlands (near the Fly river mouth and 350 km to the east at the Lakekamu River area), Papua New Guinea; likely more widely distributed into Papua, Indonesia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Papua New Guinea

Likely/Controversially Present: Indonesia, Indonesia - Papua Region

Endemic: Papua New Guinea


In the Litoria dorsalis group of Tyler and Davies, 1978, Aust. J. Zool., Suppl. Ser., 27 (63): 23. See Tyler, 1968, Zool. Verh., Leiden, 96: 80. See comment under Litoria microbelos. Considered a nomen dubium by Fry, 1913, Mem. Queensland Mus., 2: 50. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 120–121, provided a brief account.

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