Sphenophryne brevicrus (Van Kampen, 1913)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Sphenophryne > Species: Sphenophryne brevicrus

Oxydactyla brevicrus Van Kampen, 1913, Nova Guinea, 9: 465. Syntypes: ZMA 5714 (Hellwig Mts.), and ZMA 5715–16 (Wichmann Mts.) according to Van Tuijl, 1995, Bull. Zool. Mus. Univ. Amsterdam, 14: 128 ZMA 5714 designated lectotype by Daan and Hillenius, 1966, Beaufortia, 13: 122. Type locality: "Hellwig-Gebireg, +/- 2500 m" = Hellwig Mountains, +/- 2500 m, and "Wichmann-Gebirge, +/- 3000 m" = Wichmann Mountains, +/- 3000 m, Papua (New Guinea), Indonesia; restricted to Hellwig Mountains by lectotype designation.

Sphenophryne brevicrusParker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 158; Loveridge, 1948, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 101: 422.

Oxydactyla brevicrusZweifel, 2000, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 253: 79.

Sphenophryne brevicrus — Rivera, Kraus, Allison, and Butler, 2017, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 112: 4, by implication of the synonymy of Oxydactylus with Sphenophryne

Asterophrys brevicrus — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 547, by implication. 

English Names

Hellwig Land Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 92).


High elevations (2200–3000 m) in the central mountain ranges of Papua (Indonesia).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Indonesia, Indonesia - Papua Region

Endemic: Indonesia, Indonesia - Papua Region


Zweifel, 2000, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 253: 80, noted that previous records for this species for Papua New Guinea are based on specimens of Oxydactyla coggeri, Oxydactyla alpestris, and Oxydactyla stenodactyla. See brief account (as Sphenophryne brevicrus) by Menzies, 1976, Handb. Common New Guinea Frogs: 54. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 229, provided a brief account.

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