Ranoidea novaehollandiae (Steindachner, 1867)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hylidae > Subfamily: Pelodryadinae > Genus: Ranoidea > Species: Ranoidea novaehollandiae

Cyclorana novae-hollandiae Steindachner, 1867, Reise Österreichischen Fregatte Novara, Zool., Amph.: 29. Syntypes: NHMW 4716-17 (probable). Type locality: Rockhampton, Queensland [Australia].

Phractops alutaceus Peters, 1867, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1867: 31. Holotype: ZMB 5653 (probable), and possible syntypes are RMNH 3867 and AMNH 23581. Bauer, Günther, and Klipfel, 1995, in Bauer et al. (eds.), Herpetol. Contr. W.C.H. Peters: 43, suggested that the RMNH specimen was likely not part of the type series, although Gassó Miracle, van den Hoek Ostende, and Arntzen, 2007, Zootaxa, 1482: 51, disagreed with this assessment. Type locality: "Rockhampton in [Queensland,] O. Australien". Synonymy by Nieden, 1923, Das Tierreich, 46: 523; previously synonymized with Chiroleptes australis by Günther, 1868, Zool. Rec., 4: 145; and Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 269. See comment.

Cyclorana novaehollandiaeTyler and Martin, 1975, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust., 99: 97.

Litoria (Cyclorana) novaehollandiaeFrost, 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.

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

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

English Names

New Holland Frog (Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 167).

Eastern Snapping-Frog (Ingram, Nattrass, and Czechura, 1993, Mem. Queensland Mus., 33: 222).

Wide-mouthed Frog (Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 20).


Cape York Peninsula throughout Queensland to northern New South Wales, Australia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Australia

Endemic: Australia


In the Cyclorana australis complex; see Tyler and Martin, 1975, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust., 99: 93-99, who noted that possibly three species were masquerading under this name. According to Cogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 37, evidence, not presented, exists that the name Phractops alutaceus was published before Cyclorana novaehollandiae although no change in usage was suggested. See brief account by Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 20–21. Cutajar, Portway, Gillard, and Rowley, 2022, Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus. Online, 36: 16, provided a polygon distribution map (as Cyclorana novaehollandiae).

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