Cophixalus verrucosus (Boulenger, 1898)

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

Sphenophryne verrucosa Boulenger, 1898, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 2, 18: 707. Syntypes: BMNH–42 (Mt. Victoria) (according to Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 175) and MSNG (2 specimens from Moroka), by original designation; MSNG 29934A designated lectotype by Capocaccia, 1957, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 69: 220. Type locality: "Moroka" and "Mt. Victoria"; restricted to "Moroka", Central Province, Papua New Guinea by lectotype designation. Placed on Official List of Specific Names in Zoology by Opinion 1266, Anonymous, 1984, Bull. Zool. Nomencl., 41: 12.

Oreophryne verrucosa — Nieden, 1926, Das Tierreich, 49: 43.

Cophixalus verrucosusParker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 175.

Cophixalus aimbensis Hiaso, 2002, Sci. New Guinea, 27: 97. Holotype: UP 8469, by original designation. Type locality: "50 m altitude from the bank of Aimba River (110° 29′ S, 153° 29′ E), Tagula Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea". Synonymy by Kraus, 2012, Zootaxa, 3559: 5.

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

English Names

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


Southern and eastern Papua New Guinea, including islands in the d'Entrecasteaux and Louisiade groups.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Papua New Guinea

Endemic: Papua New Guinea


See brief accounts by Menzies, 1976, Handb. Common New Guinea Frogs: 59, and Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 189–190. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 188, provided a brief account of Cophixalus aimbensis. Shea and Kraus, 2007, Zootaxa, 1514: 37–60, commented on types of Cophixalus aimbensis. See account by Kraus, 2012, Zootaxa, 3559: 5–6.

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