Cophixalus ateles (Boulenger, 1898)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Cophixalus > Species: Cophixalus ateles

Sphenophryne ateles Boulenger, 1898, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 2, 18: 708. Syntypes: MSNG (numerous specimens) and BMNH 1897.12.10.146–147 (according to Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 173, now 1947.2.12.6–7 according to museum records); MSNG 29116A designated lectotype by Capocaccia, 1957, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 69: 219. Type locality: "Moroka", Central Province, Papua New Guinea.

Cophixalus atelesParker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 172.

Cophixalus sisyphus Kraus and Allison, 2006, Herpetologica, 62: 214. Holotype: BPBM 19300, by original designation. Type locality: "W slope Mt bree, 9.4456° S, 148.0064° E, 1580-1640 m, Central Province, Papua New Guinea". Synonymy by Kraus, 2012, Zootaxa, 3559: 3.

Asterophrys ateles — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 479, by implication.

English Names

Papua Rainforest Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 88).


Known definitely only from from the western slope of Mount Obree, Central Province, Papua New Guinea, 600–1800 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Papua New Guinea

Endemic: Papua New Guinea


See Zweifel, 1980, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 165: 407, for discussion of this species. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 186–187, provided a brief account and noted similar (but unnamed) frogs on the d'Entrecasteau Islands and on the southeastern peninsular New Guinea. See account by Kraus, 2012, Zootaxa, 3559: 5–6.

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