Geocrinia leai (Fletcher, 1898)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Myobatrachoidea > Family: Myobatrachidae > Genus: Geocrinia > Species: Geocrinia leai

Crinia leai Fletcher, 1898, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, Ser. 2, 12: 677. Syntypes: AMS R8337, R10324, R49819-24 according to Cogger, 1979, Rec. Aust. Mus., 32: 167. Type locality: "Bridgetown" and "Pipe Clay Creek, near Jarrahdale", Western Australia.

Crinia michaelseni Werner, 1914, in Michaelsen and Hartmeyer (eds.), Die Fauna S.W. Aust., 4(10): 416. Holotype: Originally ZMH and part of a large type series which was exchanged with several other museums; AMNH 23451, considered probably holotype by Cogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 14; see discussion by Bauer, Günther, and Robeck, 1996, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 72: 267. Type locality: "Donnybrook", Western Australia. Synonymy by Harrison, 1927, Rec. Aust. Mus., 15: 278; Loveridge, 1935, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 78: 7.

Geocrinia leaiBlake, 1973, Aust. J. Zool., 21: 142.

Hesperocrinia leaiWells and Wellington, 1985, Aust. J. Herpetol., Suppl. Ser., 1: 2.

English Names

Fletcher's Ground Froglet (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 94).

Lea's Frog (Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 305).

Ticking Frog (Tyler and Doughty, 2009, Field Guide Frogs W. Aust., 4th ed.: 49; Bush, Maryan, Browne-Cooper, and Robinson, 2010, Field Guide Rept. Amph. Perth Region, 2nd Ed.: 33).

Distribution

Southwestern Western Australia: coastal and near coastal areas from Dandaragan south and east to Two Peoples Bay; inland to Chittering Brook, Nannup, and the Porongorups.

Comment

Shea and Sadlier, 1999, Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus., 15: 11-12, discussed the types. See account by Tyler and Doughty, 2009, Field Guide Frogs W. Aust., 4th ed.: 49. See brief accounts by Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 118-119, and Bush, Maryan, Browne-Cooper, and Robinson, 2010, Field Guide Rept. Amph. Perth Region, 2nd Ed.: 33. Anstis, 2010, Rec. W. Aust. Mus., 25: 399-440, noted differences in larvae from northern and southeast-coastal Western Australia.

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