Austrochaperina gracilipes Fry, 1912

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Austrochaperina > Species: Austrochaperina gracilipes

Austrochaperina gracilipes Fry, 1912, Rec. Aust. Mus., 9: 93. Holotype: AMS 4536 according to Cogger, 1979, Rec. Aust. Mus., 32: 178. Type locality: "Somerset, Cape York, North Queensland", Australia.

Sphenophryne gracilipesNieden, 1926, Das Tierreich, 49: 48; Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 155; Zweifel, 1985, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 182: 289.

Austrochaperina gracilipesZweifel, 2000, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 253: 32.

Asterophrys gracilipes — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 465. 

English Names

Shrill Chirper (Ingram, Nattrass, and Czechura, 1993, Mem. Queensland Mus., 33: 222).

Golden Land Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 92).

Slender Frog (Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 360; Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 102).


Lowland rainforest of Cape York Peninsula north of Cooktown (Queensland, Australia) and southern Papua New Guinea.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Australia, Papua New Guinea


According to R. G. Zweifel (pers. comm.), Zweifel, 1965, Am. Mus. Novit., 2214: 2, erred in placing Sphenophryne gracilipes in the synonymy of Sphenophryne robusta. See accounts by Zweifel, 1962, Am. Mus. Novit., 2113; Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 360; and Zweifel, 2000, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 253: 32 (who noted that Austrochaperina gracilipes may be a junior synonym of Microbatrachus pusillus). Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 219, provided a brief account. See brief account by Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 102–103. Cutajar, Portway, Gillard, and Rowley, 2022, Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus. Online, 36: 8, provided a polygon distribution map for Australia.

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