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Horned Land Frog

Sphenophryne cornuta


Medium sized frog, males 27-38mm, and females a little bigger at 29-42mm (SV length). Light brown dorsal surface, pale on the ventral. A light cream coloured dorsal line running the length of its body, joins with a lateral one running across the posterior of its hind legs. Pads on the forlegs larger than those on the hind legs and a small pointed tubercle above each eye.


Endemic to New Guinea both on the Indonesian and PNG sides. Tropical rain forest hiding in leaf litter by day and climbs into low foliage to call at night. This one seen on the large low leaves at night in pouring rain.


This species is a direct development breeder and the male carries the developing tadpoles on his back.

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triggsturner 2 years ago

Thank you James. Frogs are brilliant.

JamesPriest2 2 years ago

Great pic. I love frogs

triggsturner 2 years ago

Thank you Daniele and Ashley. Wonderful this guy made it to a SOTD and yes I would be happy to check out a new mission for New Guinea.

AshleyT 2 years ago

Congrats Robert, this gorgeous frog has been selected as Spotting of the Day!



DanielePralong 2 years ago

Great spotting Robert! We don't have a mission for New Guinea wildlife yet. Please feel free to create one if you wish!

triggsturner 2 years ago

Thanks Felix. PNG was incredible! This was my first visit and although I saw loads of species I feel I hardly scratched the surface :)

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 2 years ago

Fantastic spotting and great info. There's amazing wildlife in PNG, I'll make it there some day.

triggsturner 2 years ago

Thank you Polilla. Was very pleased to find this species. I believe Tabubil and it's immediate surrounds is one of the wettest areas in PNG. It certainly was when I was there :)

Western, Papua New Guinea

Lat: -5.26, Long: 141.22

Spotted on Jul 22, 2016
Submitted on Aug 23, 2016

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