Sphenophryne cornuta
family: Microhylidae
subfamily: Asterophryinae

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
See IUCN account.
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This is a very widespread species that is common in rainforest habitats on mainland New Guinea from the western tip of the Vogelkop Peninsula in Papua, Indonesia, to eastern Papua New Guinea. It occurs at altitudes up to 1,500m asl, although there are old records from 2,600m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a terrestrial and scansorial species that calls from bushes and saplings in rainforest understorey at night, and hides beneath litter and logs during the day. It has also been found in disturbed habitats such as gardens and degraded forest. It breeds by direct development, and the male parents carry the babies on their backs (Günther et al., 2001; Günther, 2006).


It is a common species with overall numbers likely to be in the millions.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There are no known threats to this species.

Conservation Actions

Its range overlaps several protected areas. The extent of occurrence of the species needs to be further documented.

Taxonomic Notes

This form might be a complex of more than one species.


Stephen Richards, David Bickford 2004. Sphenophryne cornuta. In: IUCN 2014


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