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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Amphibia
Subclassis: Lissamphibia
Ordo: Anura
Subordo: Neobatrachia
Familia: Myobatrachidae
Genus: Arenophryne
Species: A. rotunda - A. xiphorhyncha


Arenophryne Tyler, 1976

Type species: Arenophryne rotunda Tyler, 1976


* Tyler, 1976, Rec. W. Aust. Mus., 4: 45.
* Amphibian Species of the World 5.1 Arenophryne access date 21 June 2008

Vernacular names
English: Australian Dumpy Frogs

Arenophryne is a small genus of Myobatrachid frogs from coastal Western Australia. Common names sandhill frogs and Australian dumpy frogs have been coined for it.[1]

Both species live in sand dune habitat of the Shark Bay region of Western Australia. The two species were initially considered to be just one species, but a genetic analysis found the northern and southern populations to be distinct.[2] Breeding occurs during the wetter winter months where adults call near the surface, and mate underground. The eggs are laid in a burrow and develop directly from eggs to frogs.


There are two species:[1][3]
Common name Binomial name
Northern sandhill frog, sandhill frog, Australian dumpy frog Arenophryne rotunda Tyler, 1976
Southern sandhill frog Arenophryne xiphorhyncha Doughty and Edwards, 2008


Frost, Darrel R. (2017). "Arenophryne Tyler, 1976". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
Doughty, P.; Edwards, D. (2008). "A new species of sandhill frog (Myobatrachidae: Arenophryne) from the western coast of Australia". Records of the Western Australian Museum. 24: 121–131.
"Myobatrachidae". AmphibiaWeb. University of California, Berkeley. 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.

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