Aphantophryne Fry, 1917

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Aphantophryne
5 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).


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; Mindanao, Philippines. 


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. Rivera, Kraus, Allison, and Butler, 2017, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 112: 1–11, suggested that Oreophryne was not monophyletic and transferred part of Oreophryne into Aphantophryne to obtain a monophyletic classification. These authors also noted 2 unnamed species of former Oreophryne that belong in Aphantophryne

Contained taxa (5 sp.):

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