Aphantophryne pansa Fry, 1917

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Aphantophryne > Species: Aphantophryne pansa

Aphantophryne pansa Fry, 1917 "1916", Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, 41: 772. Holotype: AMS R5238 according to Cogger, 1979, Rec. Aust. Mus., 32: 177. Type locality: "Mount Scratchley, on the Owen Stanley Range, British New Guinea [Central or Northern Province, Papua New Guinea], at an elevation of 12,200 ft."

Asterophrys pansa pansaLoveridge, 1948, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 101: 417. 

Cophixalus pansusZweifel, 1956, Am. Mus. Novit., 1766: 1-49.

Aphantophryne pansaZweifel and Parker, 1989, Am. Mus. Novit., 2954: 1-20.

Asterophrys pansa — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 462. 

English Names

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


High elevations in the Owen Stanley Range and disjunct to the northwest in mountains south of Wau, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea.


See Zweifel and Allison, 1982, Am. Mus. Novit., 2723: 1-14, and Zweifel and Parker, 1989, Am. Mus. Novit., 2954: 1-20, for discussion (as Cophixalus pansa). Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 179-180, provided a brief account. Rivera, Kraus, Allison, and Butler, 2017, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 112: 7, noted that this nominal species is composed of at least 4 lineages that likely are species. 

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