A key to the microhylid frogs of Australia, and new distributional data.

Hoskin, C.J. (2008) A key to the microhylid frogs of Australia, and new distributional data.. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 52 2: 233-237.


Author Hoskin, C.J.
Title A key to the microhylid frogs of Australia, and new distributional data.
Journal name Memoirs of the Queensland Museum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0079-8835
Publication date 2008-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 52
Issue 2
Start page 233
End page 237
Total pages 5
Place of publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher Queensland Museum
Collection year 2009
Subject C1
960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified
060899 Zoology not elsewhere classified
Abstract The frog family Microhylidae is represented in Australia by Cophixalus (14 species) and Austrochaperina (5 species). The majority of these species have small rainforest distributions in north-east Queensland, primarily at higher altitude. Research on Australian microhylid frogs is increasing due to recognition of their importance in assessments of biodiversity and evolutionary history of rainforest areas, and due to their predicted susceptibility to global climate change. Accurate species identification is therefore imperative. Most of the Australian species are morphologically very similar, making identification (even between the two genera) difficult. A key to identify all 19 Australian microhylid species is provided, based on a combination of morphology, colour and pattern, calls, and distributions. The key is suitable for use in the field as well as for preserved specimens. Distributional data incorporating new records from recent fieldwork is also presented.  Microhylidae, distribution, key, Cophixalus, Austrochaperina, Australia, Wet Tropics.
Formatted abstract The frog family Microhylidae is represented in Australia by Cophixalus (14 species) and Austrochaperina (5 species). The majority of these species have small rainforest distributions in north-east Queensland, primarily at higher altitude. Research on Australian microhylid frogs is increasing due to recognition of their importance in assessments of biodiversity and evolutionary history of rainforest areas, and due to their predicted susceptibility to global climate change. Accurate species identification is therefore imperative. Most of the Australian species are morphologically very similar, making identification (even between the two genera) difficult. A key to identify all 19 Australian microhylid species is provided, based on a combination of morphology, colour and pattern, calls, and distributions. The key is suitable for use in the field as well as for preserved specimens. Distributional data incorporating new records from recent fieldwork is also presented.  Microhylidae, distribution, key, Cophixalus, Austrochaperina, Australia, Wet Tropics.
Q-Index Code C1
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