Cophixalus australis Hoskin, 2012

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

Cophixalus australis Hoskin, 2012, Zootaxa, 3271: 4. Holotype: QMJ43655, by original designation. Type locality: "Mt Spec, Paluma Ra. (18° 57′ S, 146° 11′ E), north-east Queensland", Australia.

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

English Names

Southern Ornate Nursery-frog (original publication).

Distribution

Found in the central and southern Wet Tropics area of Queensland, Australia: Malbon Thompson Ra, Mount Bellenden Ker, summit of Mount Bartle Frere and eastern and southern slopes, southern Atherton Tablelands, lowlands of the Innisfail/Mission Beach/Tully Gorge area, Kirrama Ra and Paluma Ra (south to Mount Halifax). The northern extent of the distribution on the Atherton Tablelands is approximately a line between Herberton and Topaz, at least as far north as Mount Hypipamee, Millaa Millaa Falls, Topaz and Lamins Hill.

Comment

Confused with Cophixalus ornatus prior to a study of its molecular and morphological geographic variation, and forming the sister taxon of Cophixalus hinchinbrookensis, according to the original publication. Cutajar, Portway, Gillard, and Rowley, 2022, Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus. Online, 36: 8, provided a polygon distribution map.

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