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Aphantophryne Fry, 1917

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Aphantophryne
3 species

Aphantophryne Fry, 1917 "1916", Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, 41: 772. Type species: Aphantophryne pansa Fry, 1917 "1916", by original designation.

English Names

Guinea Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 87).

Distribution

Mountains of eastern Papua New Guinea, from Mt. Amungwiwa southwest of Wau, Morobe Proince, southeastward at least to Myola Guest House, Northern Province, northeast of Port Moresby.

Comment

Removed from the synonymy of Cophixalus by Zweifel and Parker, 1989, Am. Mus. Novit., 2954: 1-20 (where it had been placed by Zweifel, 1956, Am. Mus. Novit., 1766: 1-49, and Zweifel and Allison, 1982, Am. Mus. Novit., 2723: 1-14). Köhler and Günther, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 47: 353-365, suggested on the basis of molecular evidence that Aphantophryne is only distantly related to Cophixalus or any other asterophryine genus. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences suggested that Aphantophryne is the sister taxon of a group composed of a number of species of Cophixalus and Oreophryne.

Contained taxa (3 sp.):

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