Austrochaperina Fry, 1912
Austrochaperina Fry, 1912, Rec. Aust. Mus., 9: 93. Type species: Austrochaperina robusta Fry, 1912, by original designation.
Australia, New Guinea, and New Britain I.
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 (24 sp.):
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