Aphantophryne Fry, 1917

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Aphantophryne
5 species

Aphantophryne Fry, 1917 "1916", Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, 41: 772. Type species: Aphantophryne pansa Fry, 1917 "1916", by original designation.

English Names

Guinea Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 87).


Mountains of eastern New Guinea, east of Sentani, Papua, Indonesia, and Mt. Amungwiwa southwest of Wau, Morobe Province, Papua New Guiea, southeastward at least to Myola Guest House, Northern Province, northeast of Port Moresby; Mindanao, Philippines. 


Removed from the synonymy of Cophixalus by Zweifel and Parker, 1989, Am. Mus. Novit., 2954: 1-20 (where it had been placed by Zweifel, 1956, Am. Mus. Novit., 1766: 1-49, and Zweifel and Allison, 1982, Am. Mus. Novit., 2723: 1-14). Köhler and Günther, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 47: 353-365, suggested on the basis of molecular evidence that Aphantophryne is only distantly related to Cophixalus or any other asterophryine genus. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their molecular study, suggested that Aphantophryne is the sister taxon of a group composed of a number of species of Cophixalus and Oreophryne. Rivera, Kraus, Allison, and Butler, 2017, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 112: 1–11, suggested that Oreophryne was not monophyletic and transferred part of Oreophryne into Aphantophryne to obtain a monophyletic classification. These authors also noted 2 unnamed species of former Oreophryne that belong in Aphantophryne. Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 418, provided a tree of asterophryines that showed Aphantophryne imbedded within Cophixalus (which had its own problems). Due to this and other problems in the phylogenetics of asterophryines these authors place all asterophryine genera within Asterophrys (p. 462). See comment under Asterophryinae. 


Contained taxa (5 sp.):

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