Papurana papua (Lesson, 1829)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Papurana > Species: Papurana papua

Rana papua Lesson, 1829, in Duperrey (ed.), Voyage Coquille, Zool., Atlas (Livr. 11): pl. 7, fig. 1 (description by indication). Syntypes: MNHNP 4575 (2 specimens), according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 42. Clearly including animal figured in the original. Type locality: "Ile de Waigiou" (= Waigeo I.), Papua (New Guinea), Indonesia, acording to Lesson, 1831, in Duperrey (ed.), Zool., Voyage Coquille, 2 (Pt. 1), Livr. 25: 59; rendered as "Offak Bay (now spelt Fak Fak Bay) on the north coast of Waigeo Island" by Menzies, 1992, Sci. New Guinea, 18: 117.

Limnodytes Waigiensis Duméril and Bibron, 1841, Erp. Gen., 8: 514. Types: Originally in MNHNP. Type locality: "l'île Waigiou". Synonymy by Peters and Doria, 1878, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, 13: 418; Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 64.

Limnodytes papuensis Meyer, 1875 "1874", Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1874: 138. Syntypes: One surviving syntype, MTD 9285, according to Fritz, 2002, Faun. Abh. Staatl. Mus. Tierkd., Dresden, 23: 12, who noted that the remainder of the syntypes were destroyed in WWII. Type locality: "Jobi" Island, West Irian (New Guinea), Indonesia. Synonymy by Peters and Doria, 1878, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, 13: 418; Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 64.

Limnodytes papuaPeters and Doria, 1878, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, 13: 418.

Rana papuaBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 188.

Rana (Hylorana) papuaBoulenger, 1918, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 9, 1: 238. Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 126, 160.

Rana (Hylarana) papuaVan Kampen, 1923, Amph. Indo-Austral. Arch.: 201. Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42; by implication.

Hylorana papuaDeckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 145.

Rana semelvella Menzies, 1987, Aust. J. Zool., 35: 395. Holotype: UP 2717, by original designation. Type locality: "lily pond in Bulolo township, c. 700 m, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea". Synonymy by Menzies, 1992, Sci. New Guinea, 18: 115-122. Shea and Kraus, 2007, Zootaxa, 1514: 37-60, commented on types.

Rana (Papurana) semelvellaDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 326.

Rana (Papurana) papuaDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 326.

Sylvirana papuaFrost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 370.

Hylarana papuaChe, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 3, by implication.

Papurana papuaFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 34. See comment under Ranidae record.

Papurana semelvellaFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 34. Undiscussed recognition of taxon. See comment under Ranidae record.

Papurana papua — Oliver, Prendini, Kraus, and Raxworthy, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 90: 187. 

English Names

Papua Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 109).

Distribution

Northern lowlands of New Guinea and offshore islands (including Manus and Waigeo), 0–1200 m elevation.

Comment

Prior to the revision of Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297, placed in the Section Hylarana, subsection Hydrophylax, subgenus Papurana of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 326. See comment under Rana florensis. Removed from the synonymy of Rana papua by Inger, 1954, Fieldiana, Zool., 33: 328, where it had been placed by Van Kampen, 1923, Amph. Indo-Austral. Arch.: 201. See accounts by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 188, and Menzies, 1987, Aust. J. Zool., 35: 373–418. See Donnellan, Adams, and Aplin, 1989, Herpetologica, 45: 336-343, for taxonomic concerns. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 73, provided a brief account. Kraus and Allison, 2007, Herpetol. Monogr., 21: 33–75, provided an account.

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