"Litoria" castanea (Steindachner, 1867)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pelodryadidae > Species: "Litoria" castanea

Hyla castanea Steindachner, 1867, Reise Österreichischen Fregatte Novara, Zool., Amph.: 62. Holotype: NHMW 16480, according to Häupl and Tiedemann, 1978, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 2: 19, and Häupl, Tiedemann, and Grillitsch, 1994, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 9: 23. Type locality: "unbekannt" [= Unknown]. "Java?" according to Häupl and Tiedemann, 1978, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 2: 19, and Häupl, Tiedemann, and Grillitsch, 1994, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 9: 23.

Litoria flavipunctata Courtice and Grigg, 1975, Aust. Zool., 18: 159. Holotype: AMS R40676, by original designation. Type locality: "a swamp on the Booralong Creek Road, 12.8 km west of Guyra, N[ew]. S[outh]. W[ales]. (30° 16′ S, 151° 33′ E)", Australia, Synonymy without discussion by Cogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 40. Recognized as distinct by Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 100. Synonymy with discussion by Thomson, Littlejohn, Robinson, and Osborne, 1996, Aust. Zool., 30: 158-169

Litoria castaneaCogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 40.

Ranoidea castaneaWells and Wellington, 1985, Aust. J. Herpetol., Suppl. Ser., 1: 6.

"Litoria" castanea — Duellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016, Zootaxa, 4104: 39. Incertae sedis within Pelodryadidae. Presumably will ultimately be placed in the Dryopsophus with other members of the former Litoria aurea group (personal comm. John Bird,  14 May 2016). 

English Names

Cream-spotted Treefrog (Litoria castanea: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 59).

Yellow-spotted Treefrog (Litoria castanea: Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 257; Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 38).

Yellow-speckled Treefrog (Litoria flavipunctata [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 59).

Yellow-spotted Tree Frog (Litoria flavipunctata [no longer recognized]: Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 104).

Distribution

Vicinity of the town of Guyra on the New England Tableland at elevations of 1000-1500 m, and ca. 500 km to the south another population on the Southern Tablelands between Canberra and Bombala at elevations of 800-800 m, New South Wales, Australia.

Comment

See comment under Litoria. In the Litoria aurea group of Tyler and Davies, 1978, Aust. J. Zool., Suppl. Ser., 27 (63): 12. Thomson, Littlejohn, Robinson, and Osborne, 1996, Aust. Zool., 30: 158-169, discussed nomenclature and controversy over allocation of the name and discussed relationships with other species in the Southern Tablelands. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 257, who noted that the widely disjunct named populations are arguable one species. See brief account by Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 38-39.

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