Litoria nigrofrenata (Günther, 1867)

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

Hyla nigrofrenata Günther, 1867, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 3, 20: 56. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.23.46–47 (formerly 1867.5.13.28 and 1867.5.6.94), according to Duellman, 1977, Das Tierreich, 95: 134. Type locality: "Cape York [Peninsula]", Queensland, Australia.

Litoria nigrofrenataTyler, 1971, Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist., 19: 354; Menzies, 1972, Herpetologica, 28: 291.

English Names

Tawny Rocketfrog (Ingram, Nattrass, and Czechura, 1993, Mem. Queensland Mus., 33: 222).

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

Bridle Frog (Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 74; Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 48).


Northern part of the Cape York Peninsula, northern Australia, and southern Papua New Guinea between the Bensbach and Fly Rivers; expected in adjacent southern Papua, Indonesia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Australia, Papua New Guinea

Likely/Controversially Present: Indonesia, Indonesia - Papua Region


For discusssion see Tyler, 1968, Zool. Verh., Leiden, 96: 724, and Tyler and Parker, 1972, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust., 96: 161. In the Litoria nigrofrenata group of Tyler and Davies, 1978, Aust. J. Zool., Suppl. Ser., 27 (63): 36. In the Litoria lesueuri complex, Litoria latopalmata group, according to Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 59). Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 129–130, provided a brief account. See brief account by Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 48–49. Cutajar, Portway, Gillard, and Rowley, 2022, Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus. Online, 36: 29, provided a polygon distribution map.

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