Litoria modica (Tyler, 1968)

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

Hyla modica Tyler, 1968, Zool. Verh., Leiden, 96: 135. Holotype: MCZ 52856, by original designation. Type locality: "Oruge, Eastern Mountains, [Papua] New Guinea".

Litoria modicaTyler, 1971, Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist., 19: 354.

English Names

Oruge Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 60).


Central ranges of Papua New Guinea as far east as the Owen Stanley Mountains but apparently absent from the mountains of the Huon Peninsula, 1500–2000 m elevation; presumably in adjacent Papua, Indonesia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Papua New Guinea

Likely/Controversially Present: Indonesia, Indonesia - Papua Region

Endemic: Papua New Guinea


In the Litoria becki group of Tyler and Davies, 1978, Aust. J. Zool., Suppl. Ser., 27 (63): 14. Kraus and Allison, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 364–368, provided range extensions in Papua New Guinea. Kraus and Allison, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 364–368, provided several ranges extension for Papua New Guinea. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 138, provided a brief account and considered this species to be in his Litoria pratti group.

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