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.


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.

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