Arenophryne Tyler, 1976

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Myobatrachoidea > Family: Myobatrachidae > Genus: Arenophryne
2 species

Arenophryne Tyler, 1976, Rec. W. Aust. Mus., 4: 45. Type species: Arenophryne rotunda Tyler, 1976, by original designation.

English Names

Australian Dumpy Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 93).

Sandhill Frogs (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 102).


Coastal Western Australia from Shark Bay south to Kalbarri National Park.


Tyler, 1976, Rec. W. Aust. Mus., 4: 45, Daugherty and Maxson, 1982, Herpetologica, 38: 345, Maxson and Roberts, 1985, J. Zool., London, 207: 289-300, and Read, Keogh, Scott, Roberts, and Doughty, 2001, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 21: 294-308, considered Arenophryne the sister taxon of Myobatrachus. But, see comment under Metacrinia. See Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2, for keys and accounts. Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297, suggested that Arenophryne is the sister taxon of Metacrina.

Contained taxa (2 sp.):

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