Cophixalus balbus Günther, 2003

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

Cophixalus balbus Günther, 2003, Herpetozoa, Wien, 16: 5. Holotype: ZMB 62592, by original designation. Type locality: "about 7 km north of the village of Konti (about 12 km north-east of Serui) on Yapen Island, 1° 47′ S and 136° 18′ E, altitude 650 m a.s.l., Papua, Province of Indonesia", New Guinea.

Asterophrys balba — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 418. 

English Names

None noted.


Known only from the vicinity of the type locality at 600–700 m elevation in the Waira Mountains, about 7 km north of the village of Konti on Yapen Island, northeastern Cenderawasih Bay, Papua, Indonesia (New Guinea); also reported over 600 km to the east of the type locality in the Hunstein and Prince Alexander Mountains (East Sepik Province) and Bewani and Torricelli mountains (West Sepik Province), Papua New Guinea.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Indonesia, Indonesia - Papua Region

Endemic: Indonesia, Indonesia - Papua Region


Closely related to Cophixalus biroi according to the original publication. Kraus and Allison, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 364–368, provided records for Papua New Guinea. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543–583, suggested that Cophixalus balbus is phylogenetically imbedded within OreophryneKraus, 2013, Herpetol. Rev., 44: 277, provided a record from the Prince Alexander Mountains, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.

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