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Austrochaperina aquilonia
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Asterophryinae
 
Species Description: Zweifel, R. G. 2000. Partition of the Australopapuan Microhylid frog genus Sphenophryne with descriptions of new species. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History No.253.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
CITES No CITES Listing
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

 

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Description
Austrochaperina aquilonia has a slender body with a head width equal to that of the body. The snout is bluntly pointed when viewed dorsally and protruding when viewed laterally. Nostrils are visible from above with a canthus rostralis that is evident and rounded. The loreal region is steep with a flat slope. Eyelid width is less than the interorbital distance. This species can be identified with the following combination of characters: moderate size (31 mm male, no females were collected), unwebbed toes; small hands; finger discs are small (3rd finger disc/SVL is 0.021-0.026); internarial distance is broad (IN/SVL 0.111-0.118). Relative finger lengths are as follows: 3>4>2>1. Digit one is half the length of digit two. All discs with terminal groove. Relative toe lengths are 4>3>5>2>1 with grooved terminal discs. Subarticular tubercles are extremely low. Dorsal skin is slightly granular with a faint, curved, postorbital-supratympanic fold. Coloration is a pale gray-brown with many darker blotches. Snout and face are dark brown with a lighter pattern on upper lips. Chin and chest are brown with white spotting.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Papua New Guinea

 

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Known only from the type and paratype localities in the Torricelli Mountains of north-coastal Papua New Guinea.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Nothing known.

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

General habitat alteration and loss

References

Zweifel, R.G. (2000). ''Partition of the Australopapuan Microhylid frog genus Sphenophryne with descriptions of new species.'' Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 253, 1-130.



Written by Raul E. Diaz (lissamphibia AT gmail.com), AWeb
First submitted 2004-12-14
Edited by TateTunstall (2005-05-04)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2005 Austrochaperina aquilonia <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/6365> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 22, 2017.



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