Mixophyes Günther, 1864

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Myobatrachoidea > Family: Myobatrachidae > Genus: Mixophyes
8 species

Mixophyes Günther, 1864, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1864: 46. also described as new by Günther, 1864, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 3, 14: 311. Type species: Mixophyes fasciolatus Günther, 1864, by monotypy.

MyxophyesCope, 1864, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 16: 182. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

English Names

Barred Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 94).

Great Barred Frogs (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 104).

Barred River Frogs (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 104).


Eastern Australia and southern New Guinea.


See Straughan, 1968, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, 93: 52-59, for a review and synonymies. Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 195, transferred Mixophyes from Limnodynastidae to Myobatrachidae, and considered it to be the sister taxon of Rheobatrachus. Roelants, Gower, Wilkinson, Loader, Biju, Guillaume, Moriau, and Bossuyt, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 104: 887-892, on the basis of less inclusive sampling, a moderately different molecular dataset, and a different analytical method found Mixophyes to be in Limnodynastidae; this requires additional testing. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences, suggested Mixophyes to be the sister taxon of all myobatrachids, with the exception of Rheobatrachus.

Contained taxa (8 sp.):

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