The Papuan Frog Genus Hylophorbus (Anura: Microhylidae) is not Monospecific: Description of Six New Species

Rainer Günther


Six new species of the microhylid frog genus Hylophorbus are described on the basis of morphological and bioacoustic investigations of material which was collected recently in Irian Jaya (West Papua) and Papua New Guinea. The genus Hylophorbus was previously regarded as monospecific; four older names were treated as synonyms of H. rufescens. It is shown that at least five species occur in Irian Jaya and two in Papua New Guinea, but there is evidence that more species can be expected. Collection of adequate material at the type localities of the older names is necessary to better assess their taxonomic-nomenclatural status.


Amphibia; Anura; Microhylidae; Hylophorbus; new species; morphology; bioacoustics; distribution; synonyms; key to species; Irian Jaya (West Papua); Papua New Guinea

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