Austrochaperina robusta Fry, 1912

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

Austrochaperina robusta Fry, 1912, Rec. Aust. Mus., 9: 89. Holotype: AMS R5295, according to Cogger, 1979, Rec. Aust. Mus., 32: 178. Type locality: "Bloomfield River, near Cooktown, North-east Queensland", Australia; stated as "Russell River, North-eastern Queensland", Australia, by Van Tuijl, 1995, Bull. Zool. Mus. Univ. Amsterdam, 14: 126, in error (this locality refers to one of the localities of the paratypes). Junior secondary homonym of Mantophryne robusta Boulenger, 1898, when both in Asterophrys

Sphenophryne robustaNieden, 1926, Das Tierreich, 49: 48; Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 157.

Austrochaperina robustaZweifel, 2000, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 253: 9.

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

English Names

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

Chirping Land Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 93).

Robust Frog (Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 362; Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 100).


Rainforests between Cairns and Townsville on the east coast of northeastern Queensland, Australia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Australia

Endemic: Australia


See comment under Sphenophryne gracilipes. Records of this species from Northern Territory, Australia, pertain to an undescribed species according to Zweifel, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 374. See account by Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 362. See brief account by Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 100–101. Cutajar, Portway, Gillard, and Rowley, 2022, Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus. Online, 36: 8, provided a polygon distribution map. Groffen, Rush, and Hoskin, 2024, Herpetol. Notes, 17: 315–321, reported on the courtship and advertisement calls. 

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