Choerophryne swanhildae

Choerophryne swanhildae

Choerophryne swanhildae

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Choerophryne swanhildae

Choerophryne swanhildae is a species of frog in the family Microhylidae. It is endemic to Papua New Guinea and is known from the Hagen and Kubor ranges.

Animal name origin

This species was originally described in the genus Albericus, named for Alberich, the dwarf in Scandinavian mythology and Richard Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Menzies named the species he described after Alberich's companions in the mythodology, in this case Swanhild.

Appearance

The type series consists of eight unsexed individuals measuring 14–15 mm (0.55–0.59 in) in snout–urostyle length. Later examination of six of these has revealed them all as males, measuring 14–16 mm (0.55–0.63 in) in snout–vent length. The dorsum is exceptionally warty. The throat is black whereas the belly is grey or spotted. No bright colours are present.

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The male advertisement call is a series of very short, bell-like notes. The dominant frequency is about 4 kHz.

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References

1. Choerophryne swanhildae Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choerophryne_swanhildae
2. Choerophryne swanhildae on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/57669/152548240

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