Sphenophryne dentata Tyler and Menzies, 1971

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

Sphenophryne dentata Tyler and Menzies, 1971, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust., 95: 79. Holotype: SAMA R12063, by original designation. Type locality: "near Alotau, Milne Bay, [Milne Bay Province,] Territory of Papua [Papua New Guinea]".

Liophryne dentataZweifel, 2000, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 253: 62.

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

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

English Names

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


Lower slopes of the Owen Stanley Mountains between Mount Dayman and Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, 60–1550 m elevation; Normanby Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Papua New Guinea

Endemic: Papua New Guinea


Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 225, provided a brief account. See comment under Liophryne. Shea and Kraus, 2007, Zootaxa, 1514: 37–60, commented on types. Kraus, 2013, Herpetol. Rev., 44: 278, provided a record from Normanby Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.

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