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Heleioporus psammophilus Lee and Main, 1954

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Limnodynastidae > Genus: Heleioporus > Species: Heleioporus psammophilus

Heleioporus psammophilus Lee and Main, 1954, W. Aust. Nat., 4: 157. Holotype: Univ. W. Aust. 364/54, by original designation; now WAM R11427, according to M.J. Tyler IN Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 395, and Cogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 16. Type locality: "Beechina, Western Australia".

Perialia psammophilusWells and Wellington, 1985, Aust. J. Herpetol., Suppl. Ser., 1: 3.

English Names

Scarp Burrowing Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 94).

Sand Frog (Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 212; Tyler and Doughty, 2009, Field Guide Frogs W. Aust., 4th ed.: 58; Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 76; Bush, Maryan, Browne-Cooper, and Robinson, 2010, Field Guide Rept. Amph. Perth Region, 2nd Ed.: 38).

Distribution

Coast and western edge of Darling Scarp from Dongara region to Esperance, Western Australia.

Comment

Berry, 2001, J. Herpetol., 35: 136-141, found little geographic molecular variation in the species. See account by Tyler and Doughty, 2009, Field Guide Frogs W. Aust., 4th ed.: 58. See brief accounts by Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 76-77, and Bush, Maryan, Browne-Cooper, and Robinson, 2010, Field Guide Rept. Amph. Perth Region, 2nd Ed.: 38 (who noted geographic variation in the presence of a black nuptial spine on the first finger among populations.

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