Austrochaperina Fry, 1912

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Austrochaperina
29 species

Austrochaperina Fry, 1912, Rec. Aust. Mus., 9: 93. Type species: Austrochaperina robusta Fry, 1912, by original designation.

English Names

None noted.


Australia, New Guinea, and New Britain I.


Removed from the synonymy of Sphenophryne by Zweifel, 2000, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 253: 9, where it had been placed by Nieden, 1926, Das Tierreich, 49: 50. Revision in Zweifel, 2000, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 253: 1–130. Hoskin, 2004, Aust. J. Zool., 52: 240, provided a molecular tree of the Australian species. Köhler and Günther, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 47: 353–365, suggested that Austrochaperina is not monophyletic, with each of two monophyletic units of "Austrochaperina" most closely related to pieces of an equally nonmonophyletic "Copiula". Hoskin, 2008, Mem. Queensland Mus., 52: 233–237, provided a key to the species of Australia. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543–583, in their molecular study, did not refute this result due to decreased taxon sampling. Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 418, placed Austrochaperina (as well as all other asterophryine genera other than Gastrophrynoides) into Asterophrys as a way of dealing with the non-monophyly of several of the genera. Among the terminals in their molecular study Australochaperina presented as polyphyletic, with Australochaperina robusta (the type species) being imbedded in Callulops and Australochaperina palmipes being in a distant clade along with Cophixalus sphagnicolus and Barygenys flavigularis


Contained taxa (29 sp.):

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