Litoria dorsivena (Tyler, 1968)

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

Hyla dorsivena Tyler, 1968, Zool. Verh., Leiden, 96: 83. Holotype: SAMA R7901, by original designation. Type locality: "Telefomin, Eastern Mountains, [West Sepik Province, Papua] New Guinea".

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

Dryopsophus dorsivenus — Duellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016, Zootaxa, 4104: 40.

Ranoidea dorsivena — Dubois and Frétey, 2016, Dumerilia, 6: 21. 

English Names

Eastern Mountains Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 59).


Known from montane Papua New Guinea: 1) the Telefomin region in the east, 2) Wanakipa and Tualapa areas of the Strickland River Headwaters, and 3) the Muller Range in the west; known from elevations around 1587–1800 m elevation. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Papua New Guinea


In the Litoria dorsivena group of Tyler and Davies, 1978, Aust. J. Zool., Suppl. Ser., 27 (63): 24. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 136, provided a brief account and considered this species to be in his Litoria pratti group, as well as noting that the Arfak Mountain specimens may not be identified correctly; this was confirmed by Oliver, Iskandar, and Richards, 2023, Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 73: 136. Inclusion in Litoria by implication of the tree topology of the tree presented in Richards, Tjaturadi, Krey, and Donnellan, 2021, in Telnov et al. (eds.), Biodivers. Biogeography & Nat. Conserv. Wallacea & New Guinea, 4: 19–33. Oliver, Iskandar, and Richards, 2023, Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 73: 127–139, discussed ecology, conservation status, and color in life and provided new records and mapped the range. 

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