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Austrochaperina Fry, 1912

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Austrochaperina
27 species

Austrochaperina Fry, 1912, Rec. Aust. Mus., 9: 93. Type species: Austrochaperina robusta Fry, 1912, by original designation.

English Names

None noted.

Distribution

Australia, New Guinea, and New Britain I.

Comment

Removed from the synonymy of Sphenophryne by Zweifel, 2000, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 253: 9, where it had been placed by Nieden, 1926, Das Tierreich, 49: 50. Revision in Zweifel, 2000, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 253: 1-130. Hoskin, 2004, Aust. J. Zool., 52: 240, provided a molecular tree of the Australian species. Köhler and Günther, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 47: 353-365, suggested that Austrochaperina is not monophyletic, with each of two monophyletic units of "Austrochaperina" most closely related to pieces of an equally nonmonophyletic "Copiula". Hoskin, 2008, Mem. Queensland Mus., 52: 233-237, provided a key to the species of Australia. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences did not refute this result due to decreased taxon sampling.

Contained taxa (27 sp.):

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