Geocrinia victoriana (Boulenger, 1888)

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

Crinia victoriana Boulenger, 1888, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 2: 142. Holotype: Not stated, but by museum records BMNH 1947.2.19.66 (formerly, according to Parker, 1940, Novit. Zool., 42: 77, Cogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 14, and Tyler, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 404. Type locality: "Warragul, Gippsland, Victoria", Australia.

Crinia froggatti Fletcher, 1891, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, Ser. 2, 6: 275. Syntypes: 12 specimens mentioned in original publication; AMS R8338, R10326, R49776–83 considered syntypes by Cogger, 1979, Rec. Aust. Mus., 32: 167, and BMNH 1947.2.19.67 considered an additional syntype by Cogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 14. Type locality: "Buninyong, and Gong Gong, near Ballarat, Victoria; common under logs in valleys", Australia. Synonymy by Parker, 1940, Novit. Zool., 42: 76. Formerly placed by Nieden, 1923, Das Tierreich, 46: 542, in the synonymy of Geocrinia laevis.

Crinia laevis froggattiLoveridge, 1935, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 78: 7.

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

English Names

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

Eastern Smooth Frog (Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 309; Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 118).


Southern and eastern Victoria and adjacent southeastern New South Wales, Australia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Australia

Endemic: Australia


Discussed by Littlejohn and Martin, 1964, Aust. J. Zool., 12: 75, who removed it from the synonymy of Crinia laevisLittlejohn and Harrison, 1985, Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol., 16: 363–373, reported on the advertisement call. Hybrid zone with Geocrinia laevis discussed by Gollmann, 1991, Z. Zool. Syst. Evolutionsforsch., 29: 289–303. Gollmann and Gollmann, 1996, Herpetologica, 52: 181–187, reported on geographic variation in larval morphology. See Shea and Sadlier, 1999, Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus., 15: 11, for discussion of types. 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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