Platyplectrum fletcheri (Boulenger, 1890)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Myobatrachoidea > Family: Limnodynastidae > Genus: Platyplectrum > Species: Platyplectrum fletcheri

Phanerotis fletcheri Boulenger, 1890, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, Ser. 2, 5: 594. Holotype: BM 1947.2.18.67 (formerly 1890.7.28.1), according to Tyler, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 396, and Cogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 16. Type locality: "Dunoon, Richmond River", New South Wales, Australia.

Ranaster fletcheriNieden, 1923, Das Tierreich, 46: 536.

Lechriodus fletcheri fletcheriRoux, 1927, Rev. Suisse Zool., 34: 122; Loveridge, 1956, Breviora, 55: 2.

Lechriodus fletcheriNoble, 1931, Biol. Amph.: 497; Loveridge, 1935, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 78: 22; Parker, 1940, Novit. Zool., 42: 26.

Platyplectrum fletcheri — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 429.

English Names

Fletcher's Frog (Moore, 1961, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 121: 169; Cogger, 1975, Rept. Amph. Australia: 59; Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 103; Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 344).

Fletcher's Forest Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 103).

Black-soled Frog (Ingram, Nattrass, and Czechura, 1993, Mem. Queensland Mus., 33: 223).

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


Northeastern New South Wales to extreme southeastern Queensland, Australia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Australia

Endemic: Australia


According to Zweifel, 1972, Am. Mus. Novit., 2507: 20, the records of this species from New Guinea are based on misidentified Lechriodus melanopyga. McDonald and Miller, 1982, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust., 106: 220, demonstrated that the single record from northern Queensland (Australia) is erroneous. See brief account by Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 72–73. Cutajar, Portway, Gillard, and Rowley, 2022, Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus. Online, 36: 19, provided a polygon distribution map (as Lechriodus fletcheri).

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