Lechriodus melanopyga (Doria, 1875)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Myobatrachoidea > Family: Limnodynastidae > Genus: Lechriodus > Species: Lechriodus melanopyga

Asterophrys melanopyga Doria, 1875 "1874", Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, 6: 355. Holotype: MSNG 29736, according to Capocaccia, 1957, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 69: 212. Type locality: "Wokan", Aru Islands, Indonesia.

Batrachopsis melanopygaBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 439.

Lechriodus melanopygaBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Grad. Batr. Apoda Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 116, by implication.

Lechriodus (Batrachopsis) melanopygaVan Kampen, 1906, Nova Guinea, 5: 163, 178. Fry, 1915, Proc. R. Soc. Queensland, 27: 72.

Batrachopsis (Lechriodus) melanopygaVan Kampen, 1919, Bijdr. Dierkd., 21: 51.

Phanerotis fletcheri papuana Roux, 1927, Rev. Suisse Zool., 34: 122. Holotype: NHMB 3887 according to Forcart, 1946, Verh. Naturforsch. Ges. Basel, 57: 123. Type locality: "Région du lac Sentani, Nouvelle-Guinee hollandaise septentrionale [= northern Dutch New Guinée, near Djayapura, formerly Hollandia], West Irian, Indonesia. Synonymy by Zweifel, 1972, Am. Mus. Novit., 2507: 21; Loveridge, 1956, Breviora, 55: 2.

Lechriodus papuanusParker, 1940, Novit. Zool., 42: 27.

Lechriodus melanopygusLynch, 1971, Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas, 53: 85. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

English Names

Wokan Cannibal Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 94).

Black-rumped Southern Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 104).


Aru Is. and all of New Guinea, excepting the Bird's Head or, on the south coast, west of the Digul, 0-2000 m elevation.


See brief account by Menzies, 1976, Handb. Common New Guinea Frogs: 21-22. Günther, 2003, Faun. Abh. Staatl. Mus. Tierkd., Dresden, 24: 209-216, provided a record from western New Guinea. Kraus and Allison, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 364-368, provided range extensions in Papua New Guinea. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 60-61, provided a brief account

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