Geocrinia Blake, 1973

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Myobatrachoidea > Family: Myobatrachidae > Genus: Geocrinia
4 species

Geocrinia Blake, 1973, Aust. J. Zool., 21: 142. Type species: Pterophrynus laevis Günther, 1864, by original designation.

Hesperocrinia Wells and Wellington, 1985, Aust. J. Herpetol., Suppl. Ser., 1: 2. Type species: Crinia leai Fletcher, 1898, by original designation. Synonymy by acclamation. See Tyler, 1985, Herpetol. Rev., 16: 69; Australian Society of Herpetologists, 1987, Bull. Zool. Nomencl., 44: 116-121; Tyler, 1988, Bull. Zool. Nomencl., 45: 152; Holthius, 1988, Bull. Zool. Nomencl., 45 and decision by ICZN (Anonymous, 1991, Bull. Zool. Nomencl., 48: 337-338).

English Names

Ground Froglets (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 94).


Southeastern and southwestern Australia.


See Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2, for keys and accounts. Read, Keogh, Scott, Roberts, and Doughty, 2001, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 21: 294-308, reported on relationships among the species and relationship of Geocrinia to Crinia. 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, considered Geocrinia to be the sister taxon of Assa. Anstis, 2010, Rec. W. Aust. Mus., 25: 399-440, reported on the comparative embryology of exotrophic and endotrophic species. Webster and Bool, 2022, Zootaxa, 5154: 127–151, summarized life history information (calls, breeding, larval morphology) and phylogenetics of the taxon. 

Contained taxa (4 sp.):

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