Nyctimystes dux (Richards and Oliver, 2006)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pelodryadidae > Subfamily: Pelodryadinae > Genus: Nyctimystes > Species: Nyctimystes dux

Litoria dux Richards and Oliver, 2006, Zootaxa, 1295: 50. Holotype: SAMA R60725, by original designation. Type locality: "Yuwong Village, Huon Peninsula, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, (5° 51.263′ S, 146° 44.057′ E, 400 m asl)".

Nyctimystes duxDuellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016, Zootaxa, 4104: 39. 

English Names

None noted.


Known only from the type locality around Yuwong Village in the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Project area on the northern side of the Huon Peninsula, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea.


In the Litoria graminea complex according to the original publication and therefore; by implication, in the Litoria chloris group of Menzies and Tyler, 2004, Aust. J. Zool., 52: 203. Shea and Kraus, 2007, Zootaxa, 1514: 37-60, commented on the type specimens. Kraus, 2018, Zootaxa, 4457: 264–284, provided an account and suggested that the original study of Litoria dux rested on mixed samples of Litoria graminea (including the holotype) and Litoria sauroniOliver, Richards, and Donnellan, 2019, Zootaxa, 4609: 473, noted a genetic distance of 0.21 from Litoria graminea and morphological differences and resurrected the species. 

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