Litoria dorsalis Macleay, 1878:138

Dwarf rocket frog



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Litoria dorsalis Macleay, 1877:138 [incorrect year; used by Cogger et al., 1983:42]; Hyla dorsalis (Macleay, 1878:138) [Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 337, by implication]; Hyla dorsalis dorsalis (Macleay, 1878:138) [Cogger, 1966, Aust. Zool., 13: 222]; Llewellynura dorsalis (Macleay, 1878:138) [Wells and Wellington, 1985, Aust. J. Herpetol., Suppl. Ser., 1: 5]


L. microbelos (as Hyla dorsalis microbelos) was synonymised with L. dorsalis by (H. G. Cogger in Cogger et al., 1983:42), but it is nowadays treated as a valid species.


Conservation Status

Last record: 1877?

Rediscovered in 1956

IUCN RedList status: Least Concern



Papua New Guinea


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: presumed lost (Fry, 1913; Goldman et al., 1969; Cogger et al., 1983:42)

Type locality: "Mawatta, Binaturi River (as Katow), Papua New Guinea" (Cogger et al., 1983:42)






Original scientific description:

Macleay, W. J. (1878). The batrachians of the "Chevert" Expedition. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 2: 135-138.


Other references:

Cogger, Harold G., Cameron, Elizabeth E. and Cogger, Heather M. (1983). Hylidae, pp. 35-51. In: Zoological Catalogue of Australia. I. Amphibia and Reptilia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. vi + 313 pp. [p. 42-43]

Fry, D. B. 1913. A re-examination of Macleay’s New Guinea and Queensland frog types. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 2: 46-50.

Goldman, J., L. Hill, and P. J. Stanbury. 1969. Type specimens in the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney. II. Amphibians and reptiles. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 93: 427-438.

Loveridge, Arthur. (1956). Rediscovery of Hyla dorsalis and Lechriodus papuanus in New Guinea. Breviora 55: 1-4.

Stephen Richards, David Bickford. 2004. Litoria dorsalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T55719A11355910. Downloaded on 12 February 2017.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]

Tyler, Michael J. (1968). Papuan hylid frogs of the genus Hyla. Zoologische Verhandelingen 96: 1-203.


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