Uperoleia lithomoda Tyler, Davies, and Martin, 1981

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Myobatrachoidea > Family: Myobatrachidae > Genus: Uperoleia > Species: Uperoleia lithomoda

Uperoleia lithomoda Tyler, Davies, and Martin, 1981, Aust. J. Zool., Suppl. Ser., 29 (79): 43. Holotype: WAM R61620, by original designation. Type locality: "swamp at Spillway Bridge (16° 02′ S, 128° 47′ E), 11.5 km north-east of Lake Argyle Tourist Village, Kimberley Division, Western Australia".

Uperoleia variegata Tyler, Davies, and Martin, 1981, Aust. J. Zool., Suppl. Ser., 29 (79): 55. Holotype: WAM R62461, by original designation. Type locality: "homestead garden at Gibb River Station (16° 26′ S, 126° 26′ E), Kimberley Division, Western Australia". Synonymy by Davies, McDonald, and Corben, 1986, Proc. R. Soc. Victoria, 98: 154, and Tyler, Davies, and Watson, 1987, Rec. W. Aust. Mus., 13: 541.

English Names

Stonemason Gungan (Ingram, Nattrass, and Czechura, 1993, Mem. Queensland Mus., 33: 223; Reynolds, 2007, N. Terr. Nat., 19: 63).

Ticking Toadlet (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 95).

Stonemason Toadlet (Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 328; Reynolds, 2007, N. Terr. Nat., 19: 63; Tyler and Doughty, 2009, Field Guide Frogs W. Aust., 4th ed.: 124).

Stonemason's Toadlet (Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 156).

Tapper Upe (Reynolds, 2007, N. Terr. Nat., 19: 63).

Distribution

Northern Australia from the Kimberley Division in Western Australia to the Cape York Peninsula and thence to Queensland, including Groote Eylandt and the islands of the Torres Strait; near Morehead in southern Papua New Guinea, although expected as well in adjacent Papua, Indonesia.

Comment

See Tyler and Davies, 1984, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust., 108: 123, for records from New Guinea. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 63-64, provided a brief account. See account for Tyler and Doughty, 2009, Field Guide Frogs W. Aust., 4th ed.: 124. See brief account by Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 156–157. See comment under Uperoleia.  Catullo, Lanfear, Doughty, and Keogh, 2014, J. Biogeograph., 41: 659–672, provided a multilocus phylogeny and noted substantial geographically coherent structure.   See Ellis, Doughty, and Roberts, 2017, Rec. W. Aust. Mus., 32: 18–20, for comments on the type series of Uperoleia lithomoda (p. 18) and Uperoleia variegata (p. 20).  

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