Cophixalus shellyi Zweifel, 1956

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

Cophixalus shellyi Zweifel, 1956, Am. Mus. Novit., 1785: 2. Holotype: AMNH 58551, by original designation. Type locality: "Kondiu, across the Wahgi River from Kup, elevation about 5000 feet, Northeast New Guinea [Chimbu Province, Papua New Guinea]".

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

English Names

Shelly's Rainforest Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 89).


Papua New Guinea: central mountain ranges from vicinity of Wau, Morobe Province, to Western Highlands and Madang Provinces; also disjunct populations in the Adelbert Mountains and on the Huon Peninsula.


See account by Zweifel, 1962, Am. Mus. Novit., 2087: 20-21, and Zweifel, 1980, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 165: 387-434, for a distribution map and additional information. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 187-188, provided a brief account and implied that this may represent more than one species. Kraus, 2010, Herpetol. Rev., 41: 246-248, provided the record for Madang Province and the Schrader Mountains.

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