Geocrinia laevis (Günther, 1864)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Myobatrachoidea > Family: Myobatrachidae > Genus: Geocrinia > Species: Geocrinia laevis

Pterophrynus laevis Günther, 1864, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1864: 48. also described as new by Günther, 1864, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 3, 14: 314. Holotype: Not stated, but by museum records BMNH 1947.2.19.65 (formerly 1860.11.29.25), according to Parker, 1940, Novit. Zool., 42: 76, Cogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 14, and Tyler, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 14. Type locality: "Van Dieman's Land" (= Tasmania), Australia.

Crinia laevisKeferstein, 1868, Arch. Naturgesch., 34: 265; Günther, 1869 "1868", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1868: 480.

Crinia laevis laevisLoveridge, 1935, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 78: 7, by implication; Parker, 1940, Novit. Zool., 42: 75.

Geocrinia laevisBlake, 1973, Aust. J. Zool., 21: 142.

English Names

Gunther's Ground Froglet (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 94).

Tasmanian Smooth Frog (Martin and Littlejohn, 1982, Tasman. Amph.: 7).

Smooth Frog (Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 305; Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 118).


Westerm Tasmania; southwestern Victoria and the extreme southeast of South Australia, Australia.

Geographics occurrence

Natural resident: Australia

Endemic to the political unit: Australia


Discussed by Littlejohn and Martin, 1964, Aust. J. Zool., 12: 72. Hybrid zone with Geocrinia victoriana discussed by Gollmann, 1991, Z. Zool. Syst. Evolutionsforsch., 29: 289–303. Walker and Goonan, 2000, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust., 124: 135–139, discussed the distribution of the species. Tyler, 1978, Amph. S. Aust.: 59–60, provided an account. Martin and Littlejohn, 1982, Tasman. Amph.: 36–37, provided a brief account. Harrison and Littlejohn, 1985, Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol., 18: 67–73, reported on the advertisement call. See brief account by Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 118–119. Webster and Bool, 2022, Zootaxa, 5154: 127–151, summarized life history information (call, breeding, larval morphology) and phylogenetics of the taxon. 

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