Pseudophryne Fitzinger, 1843

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Myobatrachoidea > Family: Myobatrachidae > Genus: Pseudophryne
14 species

Pseudophryne Fitzinger, 1843, Syst. Rept.: 32. Type species: Bombinator australis Gray, 1835, by original designation.

Bufonella Girard, 1853, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 6: 424. Type species: Bufonella crucifera Girard, 1853, by monotypy. Synonymy by Parker, 1940, Novit. Zool., 42: 94.

Kankanophryne Heyer and Liem, 1976, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 233: 12. Type species: Pseudophryne occidentalis Parker, 1940, by original designation. Synonymy by Tyler and Davies, 1980, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust., 104: 20. Synonymy supported by Roberts and Maxson, 1989, Syst. Zool., 38: 154-165.

Gradwellia Wells and Wellington, 1985, Aust. J. Herpetol., Suppl. Ser., 1: 2. Type species: Pseudophryne major Parker, 1940, 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

Crowned Toadlet (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 95).


Southern and eastern Australia.


Reviewed by Parker, 1940, Novit. Zool., 42: 94. See comment under Metacrinia. 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, suggested on the basis of mtDNA evidence that this taxon is the sister of Metacrinia + Arenophryne + Myobatrachus, a conclusion concurred with by 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, and Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583 (although this latter publication did not address Arenophryne).. Donnellan, Mahony, and Bertozzi, 2012, Zootaxa, 3476: 69-85, reported on the molecular phylogenetics of the genus.

Contained taxa (14 sp.):

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