Litoria microbelos (Cogger, 1966)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pelodryadidae > Subfamily: Litoriinae > Genus: Litoria > Species: Litoria microbelos

Hyla dorsalis microbelos Cogger, 1966, Aust. Zool., 13: 223. Holotype: AMS R25836, by original designation. Type locality: "Cairns, Queensland", Australia.

Litoria microbelosTyler, 1971, Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist., 19: 353. Tyler, Smith, and Johnstone, 1984, Frogs W. Aust.: 70.

Llewellynura microbelosWells and Wellington, 1985, Aust. J. Herpetol., Suppl. Ser., 1: 5.

English Names

Pygmy Rocketfrog (Ingram, Nattrass, and Czechura, 1993, Mem. Queensland Mus., 33: 222; Reynolds, 2007, N. Terr. Nat., 19: 62).

Cairns Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 60; Reynolds, 2007, N. Terr. Nat., 19: 62).

Javelin Frog (Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 149; Reynolds, 2007, N. Terr. Nat., 19: 62; Tyler and Doughty, 2009, Field Guide Frogs W. Aust., 4th ed.: 77).

Midget Grassfrog (Reynolds, 2007, N. Terr. Nat., 19: 62).

Distribution

Kimberley region of northeastern Western Australia (Mitchell Plateau and northern Drysdale River National Park) east along the coastal plain through the Northern Territory to northern Queensland; also reported from Groote Eylandt and the Tiwi Islands.

Comment

Considered a synonym of Litoria dorsalis by Cogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 42; without discussion. Cogger and Lindner, 1974, in Frith and Calaby (eds.), Fauna Survey Port Essington District: 63-107, also questioned the distinctiveness of this species. See Tyler and Parker, 1972, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust., 96: 161, and Tyler, Smith, and Johnstone, 1984, Frogs W. Aust.: 70, for support of Litoria microbelos. In the Litoria dorsalis group of Tyler and Davies, 1978, Aust. J. Zool., Suppl. Ser., 27 (63): 23. Tyler and Doughty, 2009, Field Guide Frogs W. Aust., 4th ed.: 77, provided an account. See brief account by Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 28-29.

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