Oreophryne biroi (Méhely, 1897)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Oreophryne > Species: Oreophryne biroi

Sphenophryne biroi Méhely, 1897, Termés. Füzetek, 20: 400, 411. Syntypes: MNH 21268/3 (2 specimens) (destroyed in 1956 according to XXX), NHMW 19825 (on exchange from Budpest, according to Häupl, Tiedemann, and Grillitsch, 1994, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 9: 34), and MZUT An567 (1 specimen) (according to Gavetti and Andreone, 1993, Cat. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat., Torino, 10: 114). Zweifel, Menzies, and Price, 2003, Am. Mus. Novit., 3415: 5, 16. rejected all but the lost MNH specimens as types and designated UP 8134 as neotype. Type locality: "near Friedrich-Wilhelmshafen [= Madang]", Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. Neotype is from "Kowat, Adelbert Mtns., 1000 m, 42 km N, 50 km W Madang", Madang Province, Papua New Guinea.

Mehelyia lineata Wandolleck, 1911 "1910", Abh. Ber. Zool. Anthropol. Ethnograph. Mus. Dresden, 13: 7. Syntypes: MTD (originally 10 specimens), destroyed in WWII, and BMNH 1929.5.19.1 (according to Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 170; now renumbered 1947.2.12.63 according to Zweifel, Menzies, and Price, 2003, Am. Mus. Novit., 3415: 7). Type locality: "Sacksackhütte", Torricelli Mountains, Papua New Guinea. Synonymy by Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 169; Zweifel, Menzies, and Price, 2003, Am. Mus. Novit., 3415: 15.

Mehelyia affinis Wandolleck, 1911 "1910", Abh. Ber. Zool. Anthropol. Ethnograph. Mus. Dresden, 13: 8. Syntypes: MTD (presumably destroyed in WWII), NHMW 19826, 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 BMNH 1929.5.19.2-3, according to Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 170 (now renumbered 1947.2.12.61-63, according to Zweifel, Menzies, and Price, 2003, Am. Mus. Novit., 3415: 7). Type locality: "Sacksackhütte", Torricelli Mountains, Papua New Guinea. Synonymy by Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 169; Zweifel, Menzies, and Price, 2003, Am. Mus. Novit., 3415: 15.

Oreophryne biroiVan Kampen, 1919, Bijdr. Dierkd., 21: 54.

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

Oreophryne biroiLoveridge, 1948, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 101: 423.

English Names

New Guinea Cross Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 91).

Distribution

North coast of New Guinea from the vicinity of Madang, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea, north and west at least to the Cyclopes Mountains near Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia, 0-1000 m elevation.

Comment

See discussion by Zweifel, Menzies, and Price, 2003, Am. Mus. Novit., 3415: 1-31. Kraus and Allison, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 364-368, provided a record for the Bewani Mountains, West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 206, provided a brief account. Shea and Kraus, 2007, Zootaxa, 1514: 37-60, commented on types.

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