Leiopelma hamiltoni McCulloch, 1919

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Leiopelmatidae > Genus: Leiopelma > Species: Leiopelma hamiltoni

Liopelma hamiltoni McCulloch, 1919, Trans. Proc. New Zealand Inst., Wellington, 51: 447. Holotype: Dominion Mus. (= NMNZ), according to the original publication. Type locality: "Stephens Island, Cook Strait", New Zealand.

Leiopelma hamiltoniMittleman and Myers, 1949, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 62: 57-68.

Leioaspetos hamiltoniWells and Wellington, 1985, Aust. J. Herpetol., Suppl. Ser., 1: 62; Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 413. 

Leiopelma pakeka Bell, Daugherty, and Hay, 1998, J. R. Soc. New Zealand, 28: 42. Holotype: MONZ AM 86, by original designation. Type locality: "Maud Island, Cook Strait, latitude 41° 01′ S, longitude 173° 53′ E", New Zealand. Synonymy by Burns, Bell, Haigh, Bishop, Easton, Wren, Germano, Hitchmough, Rolfe, and Makan, Conserv. Status New Zealand Amph.: 2. 

Leioaspetos pakeka — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 413. 

English Names

Brown New Zealand Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 70).

Hamilton's Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 76).


Boulder banks near the summit of Stephens Island and Maud Island and introduced onto Motuara Island, New Zealand.


See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 292 (and as Leiopelma pakeka on p. 293). See van Winkel, Baling, and Hitchmough, 2019, Rept. Amph. New Zealand: 312–313, for account, photograph, and range map. Holyoake, Waldman, and Gemmell, 2001, Animal Conserv., 4: 29-35, doubted the distinctiveness of Leiopelma pakeka from from Leiopelma hamiltoni  Burns, Bell, Haigh, Bishop, Easton, Wren, Germano, Hitchmough, Rolfe, and Makan, Conserv. Status New Zealand Amph.: 1–7, discussed the conservation and systematic status of this species. 

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