Hylophorbus rufescens Macleay, 1878

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Hylophorbus > Species: Hylophorbus rufescens

Hylophorbus rufescens Macleay, 1878, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, 2: 136. Holotype: AMS R30826, according to Cogger, 1979, Rec. Aust. Mus., 32: 179; Fry, 1913, Mem. Queensland Mus., 2: 47, reported the type as being in the QM. Type locality: "Katow" (=Mawatta), near Daru, Western Province, Papua New Guinea.

Metopostira ocellata Méhely, 1901, Termés. Füzetek, 24: 190, 239. Syntypes: MNH (destroyed according to Zweifel, 1972, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 148: 449) and NHMW 19829 (3 specimens) (according to Häupl and Tiedemann, 1978, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 2: 25, and Häupl, Tiedemann, and Grillitsch, 1994, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 9: 29), and MZUT An505 (1 specimen) (according to Gavetti and Andreone, 1993, Cat. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat., Torino, 10: 113). Type locality: "Sattelbergen" [sic, p 190) and "Sattleberg" (p. 239), Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea.

Metopostira macra Van Kampen, 1906, Nova Guinea, 5: 167. Holotype: RMNH 4631, according to Zweifel, 1972, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 148: 449; holotype is ZMA and lost according to Van Tuijl, 1995, Bull. Zool. Mus. Univ. Amsterdam, 14: 128. Type locality: "Am Moso und Tami", (= Mosso River), Papua New Guinea. Synonymy (with Metopstira ocellata) by Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 69. Synonymy with Hylophorbus rufescens) by Zweifel, 1972, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 148: 427.

Hylophorbus ocellatusVan Kampen, 1919, Bijdr. Dierkd., 21: 54.

Phrynomantis ocellatusNoble, 1926, Am. Mus. Novit., 212: 20, by implication.

Phrynomantis rufescensNoble, 1926, Am. Mus. Novit., 212: 20, by implication.

Asterophrys rufescensParker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 62; Loveridge, 1948, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 101: 416.

Hylophorbus rufescens rufescens —  Zweifel, 1972, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 148: 449.

Hylophorbus rufescens extimus  Zweifel, 1972, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 148: 454. Holotype: AMNH 60093, by original designation. Type locality: "Mount Riu, Sudest Island, Louisiade Archipelago, Milne Bay District, Territory of Paua [Papua New Guinea]".

Hylophorbus rufescens myopicus  Zweifel, 1972, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 148: 455. Holotype: AMNH 59979, by original designation. Type locality: "Kulumadau, Woodlark Island, Milne Bay District, Territory of Papua [Papua New Guinea]".

English Names

Red Mawatta Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 90).

Distribution

New Guinea and nearby islands.

Comment

Zweifel, 1972, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 148: 411-546, recognized three subspecies, two of them insular. See brief accounts by Menzies, 1976, Handb. Common New Guinea Frogs: 50, and Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 251. Oliver, Rittmeyer, Kraus, Richards, and Austin, 2013, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 67 : 600–607, confirmed the status of this as a complex, with some populations more closely related to Hylophorbus richardsi among other species than other populations of nominal conspecifics

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