Cophixalus sphagnicola Zweifel and Allison, 1982

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

Cophixalus sphagnicola Zweifel and Allison, 1982, Am. Mus. Novit., 2723: 6. Holotype: AMNH 83077, by original designation. Type locality: "at about 2300 m., near the summit of Mount Kaindi, 5 km. west of Wau, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea".

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

English Names

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


Mount Amungwiwa, Mount Kaini, and Mount Missim, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, 2000–3000 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Papua New Guinea

Endemic: Papua New Guinea


Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 184-185, provided a brief account. Tu, Yang, Liang, and Zhang, 2018, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 126: 89, suggested that their sample, which was found to be imbedded within Copiula, and derived from the study of Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297, is likely misidentified. 

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