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.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Papua New Guinea

Endemic: 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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