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Albericus Burton and Zweifel, 1995

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Albericus
18 species

Albericus Burton and Zweifel, 1995, Am. Mus. Novit., 3129: 3. Type species: Cophixalus darlingtoni Loveridge, 1948, by original designation.

English Names

None noted.


New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea).


Most closely related to Choerophryne, according to Burton and Zweifel, 1995, Am. Mus. Novit., 3129: 1. See Menzies, 1999, Aust. J. Zool., 47: 327-360, for review of the genus with description of a number of species, as well as discussion of specimens not allocated to any named species. Sumida, Allison, and Nishioka, 2000, Biochem. Syst. Ecol., 28: 733, disputed the distinctiveness of this taxon on the basis of allozyme distance from Cophixalus. Köhler and Günther, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 47: 353-365, suggested on the basis of molecular evidence that Albericus is monophyletic and the sister taxon of Choerophryne. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences corroborated this result. Kraus, 2013, Zoosyst. Evol., Berlin: 283-291, suggested on the basis of intermediacy of the angle of the alary process of Choerophryne bryonopsis (the only morphological characteristics separating Choerophryne and Albericus) that Choerophryne renders Albericus paraphyletic. Because molecular evidence was not presented Kraus (2013) deferred on making the synonymy of the junior Albericus with the senior Choerophryne

Contained taxa (18 sp.):

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