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Asterophrys turpicola
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Amphibia
Order Anura
Family Microhylidae
Genus Asterophrys

Asterophrys or New Guinea bush frogs (although this name may also specifically refer to Asterophrys turpicola), is a genus of microhylids with only two species from New Guinea. It sister taxon has been suggested to be either Metamagnusia slateri.

Asterophrys are moderate to large-sized microhylid frogs, with the larger Asterophrys turpicola measuring up to 65 mm (2.6 in) in snout–vent length. A distinctive feature of these frogs is their extremely broad head, almost half of snout–vent length. While both are New Guinean species, Asterophrys leucopus is more a mountain species than Asterophrys turpicola. The latter is known for its aggressiveness (it may even bite), whereas Asterophrys leucopus is more docile.


Asterophrys leucopus (Richards, Johnston & Burton, 1994)
Asterophrys turpicola (Schlegel, 1837) (New Guinea Bush Frog)