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Choerophryne Van Kampen, 1914

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Choerophryne
11 species

Choerophryne Van Kampen, 1914, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 37: 376. Type species: Choerophryne proboscidea Van Kampen, 1914 (= Copiula rostellifer Wandolleck, 1911 "1910"), by monotypy.

English Names

Torricelli Mountain Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 88).


New Guinea.


See Menzies and Tyler, 1977, J. Zool., London, 183: 443, for validation of this genus as distinct from Cophixalus (in which synonymy it had been placed by Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 177). Kraus and Allison, 2001, Herpetologica, 57: 214-232, reviewed the systematics of the genus and provided a key to the species as well as noting that populations in the Cyclops Mts. And Yapen Island of Papua, Indonesia, are not assigned to species. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 181-182, provided a key and brief accounts for the species. Köhler and Günther, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 47: 353-365, suggested on the basis of molecular evidence that Choerophryne is monophyletic and the sister taxon of Albericus. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences, confirmed 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 (11 sp.):

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