Nyctimystes papua (Boulenger, 1897)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Pelodryadinae > Genus: Nyctimystes > Species: Nyctimystes papua

Nyctimantis papua Boulenger, 1897, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 19: 12. Syntypes: BMNH (several specimens), by museum records these being 1896.10.31.50–53 and 1896.10.31.54 (now reregistered as 1947.2.24.46); BMNH 1896.10.31.50 designated lectotype by Zweifel, 1983, Am. Mus. Novit., 2759: 4. Type locality: "Mount Victoria, Owen Stanley Range, [Papua] New Guinea". Menzies, 2014, Alytes, 31: 62, noted that most specimens collected on this expedition were taken from 1500 to 2100 m elevation. 

Nyctimystes papuaStejneger, 1916, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 29: 85; Parker, 1936, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 17: 77; Kraus, 2013, Mem. Queensland Mus., 56 : 581–587, by implication. 

Hyla papuaNoble, 1931, Biol. Amph.: 513.

Litoria papuaFrost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 362.

English Names

Papua Big-eyed Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 61).


The south-eastern peninsula of Papua New Guinea, from 1200–2600 m elevation, the known limits being Mount Albert-Edward in the west to Mount Dayman in the south-east, possibly from Lake Trist, ca. 100 km north-west of Mount Elbert.  

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Papua New Guinea

Endemic: Papua New Guinea


For discussion see Zweifel, 1983, Am. Mus. Novit., 2759: 4–8, and Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 157–158. Menzies, 2014, Alytes, 31: 62–65, provided an account. 

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