Asterophrys turpicola (Schlegel, 1837)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Asterophrys > Species: Asterophrys turpicola

Ceratophrys turpicola Schlegel, 1837, Abbild. Neuer Unvollst. Amph., 1: 30. Syntypes: Not stated, but including animal figured in pl. 10, fig. 4 of Schlegel, 1840, Abbild. Neuer Unvollst. Amph., Atlas; including RMNH 2153 (2 specimens), according to to Zweifel, 1972, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 148: 433, and Zweifel, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 350. Type locality: "Westküste von Neu-Guinea"; restricted by Brongersma, 1953, Proc. K. Nederland. Akad. Wetensch., Ser. C, 56: 573, as "Lobo district, Triton Bay, Dutch New Guinea [Papua, Indonesia]".

Asterophrys turpicolaTschudi, 1838, Classif. Batr.: 82; Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 444.

Ceratophrys turpiculaMüller, 1840, in Verhandl. Nat. Geschied. Nederland. Overzeesche Bezitt., 1: 24. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Ceratophryne turpiculaSchlegel, 1858, Handl. Dierkd., 2: 57.

Asterophrys turpicolaGadow, 1901, Amphibia and Reptiles: 161; Van Kampen, 1919, Bijdr. Dierkd., 21: 54; Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 66.

Asterophrys leopoldi De Witte, 1930 "1929", Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 60: 131. Holotype: IRSNB 1019 according to Lang, 1990, Doc. Trav., Inst. R. Sci. Nat. Belg., 59: 10. Type locality: Chaîne de l'Arfak, presqu'île du Volgelk [= Arfak Mountains, Vogelkop Peninsula] ... dans une forêt a 1,000 m. d'altitude", West Irian, Indonesia (New Guinea). Synonymy by Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 66.

Asterophrys steini Ahl, 1932, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 17: 894. Holotype: ZMB unnumbered, according to the original publication; ZMB 34107, according to Bauer, Günther, and Robeck, 1996, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 72: 260. Type locality: "Jobi (Japen)" = Jobi Island, West Irian [Indonesia (New Guinea)]. Provisional synonymy by Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 66.

English Names

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


Lowland rainforest over much of New Guinea, but apparently absent from the eastern half of Papua New Guinea.

Geographic Occurrence

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


The unjustified emendation (under Article 32.c.ii of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, 1984) of the specific name to turpicula has had widespread use. See brief account by Menzies, 1976, Handb. Common New Guinea Frogs: 49-50. Günther, 2003, Faun. Abh. Staatl. Mus. Tierkd., Dresden, 24: 212, provided a record for the Wondiwoi Mountains of western Papua, Indonesia. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 233-234, provided a brief account.

External links:

Please note: these links will take you to external websites not affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History. We are not responsible for their content.