Lechriodus Boulenger, 1882

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Myobatrachoidea > Family: Limnodynastidae > Genus: Lechriodus
4 species

Lechriodus Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Grad. Batr. Apoda Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 116. Replacement name for Batrachopsis Boulenger, 1882.

Batrachopsis Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 439. Type species: Asterophrys melanopyga Doria, 1875 "1874", by monotypy (see Opinion 1063, Anonymous, 1976, Bull. Zool. Nomencl., 33: 34-35). Preoccupied by Batrachopsis Fitzinger 1843.

Phanerotis Boulenger, 1890, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, Ser. 2, 5: 593. Type species: Phanerotis fletcheri Boulenger, 1890, by monotypy. Synonymy by Parker, 1940, Novit. Zool., 42: 24.

English Names

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


New Guinea; eastern Australia; Aru Island.


Reviewed by Zweifel, 1972, Am. Mus. Novit., 2507: 1-41, who also discussed phylogeny within the genus. See Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2, for keys to species and accounts of Australian species. 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 this genus to be the sister taxon of Opisthodon (now Platyplectrum). Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences, suggested that recognition of Lechriodus renders Platyplectrum paraphyletic, with Platyplectrum ornatum being the nearer neighbor.

Contained taxa (4 sp.):

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