"Ranoidea papua" (Van Kampen, 1909)

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

Hyla papua Van Kampen, 1909, Nova Guinea, 9: 33. Holotype: ZMA 5679, according to Van Tuijl, 1995, Bull. Zool. Mus. Univ. Amsterdam, 14: 127. Type locality: "Noord-Fluss, bei Bivak-Insel", Lorentz River, Southern Lowlands, New Guinea (Indonesia). A secondary homonym of Nyctimantis papua Boulenger

Litoria papuaRichards, Hoskin, Cunningham, McDonald, and Donnellan, 2010, Zootaxa, 2391: 42. Disclaimed resurrection of name, although noted species status.

English Names

None noted.


Provisional (see comment): Lorentz River area of the southern lowlands of Papua (New Guinea), Indonesia. and Papua New Guinea.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Indonesia, Indonesia - Papua Region, Papua New Guinea


Noted as being a distinct species from Litoria genimaculata by Richards, Hoskin, Cunningham, McDonald, and Donnellan, 2010, Zootaxa, 2391: 33-46, in whose synonymy it had been placed by Tyler, 1964, Zool. Abh. Staatl. Mus. Tierkd. Dresden, 27: 266. The resurrection of the species name was disclaimed pending either coining of a replacement name or, presumably, the partition of nominal Litoria. Also some specimens were referred to in this paper as "Hyla 'papua'" from various localities in Papua, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, suggesting that the delimitation of this species is not clear (DRF). One presumes that because this was in the synonymy of Litoria genimaculata, now in Ranoidea, that it will land in that genus sooner or later. 

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