Oreophryne frontifasciata (Horst, 1883)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Oreophryne > Species: Oreophryne frontifasciata

Callula frontifasciata Horst, 1883, Notes Leyden Mus., 5: 243. Syntypes: including RMNH 1807 and 8686; RMNH 1807 designated lectotype by Brongersma, 1948, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 29: 307. Type locality: "Salawatti, Morotai and Halmaheira" Is. in the Moluccas, Indonesia; syntypes from Salawatti and Halmahera Is. are lost. Lectotype is from Morotai.

Oreophryne frontifasciataBrongersma, 1948, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 29: 307.

Asterophrys frontofasciata — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 521, by implication. 

English Names

Horst's Cross Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 91).


With the loss of the syntypes the species is known with certainty only from Morotai Island, north of Halmahera, Moluccas, Indonesia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Indonesia

Endemic: Indonesia


Removed from the synonymy of Oreophryne moluccensis by Brongersma, 1948, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 29: 307, where it had been placed provisionally by Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 165. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 202, provided a brief account.

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