Anyone able to ID frogs from New Guinea?

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Anyone able to ID frogs from New Guinea?

Postby Evan » Tue Feb 20, 2007 2:48 pm

This is a really hard one, but I am hoping that someone might have some experience in IDing New Guinea frogs for whatever reasons.

I found this frog on Flickr, and told the guy who took it that I will try to ID it. The only book that I could find, was a small book called: "Handbook of Common New Guinea Frogs" (1975), by J.I. Menzies. From the book, the closest species was Litoria angiana (can't find any photos on the net), which is very variable, but the green one in the book looked a lot like this one. Unfortunately, the photo was small, and not that great quality.

The book is now 32 years old, so it is very out of date, especially because of the rate frog species are discovered in New Guinea. Again, just hoping someone has experience, or knows someone I can email.

Oh, the photo was taken near Wamena, which is in the highlands of Irian Jaya Litoria angiana are present there.

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Postby GrantW » Tue Feb 20, 2007 3:00 pm

There has just been (like a couple months ago) a new comprehensive book of New Guinea frogs by Menzies published, see if you can find it online.

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Postby Evan » Tue Feb 20, 2007 3:01 pm

I've found the book, and am contemplating buying it.

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Postby Gulper » Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:05 pm

What is the title of the book and where can I buy it?

This sounds like valuable information!!

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Postby Donna » Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:54 am

Look at Andrew Isles bookstore http://www.andrewisles.com
They have a better description and a pic. AND they are an Aussie bookshop.

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Postby Evan » Wed Feb 21, 2007 7:29 am

Thankyou so much Donna! I gave up finding this book on the net, as the only store I could find was out of stock.

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Postby Gulper » Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:19 am

Nice looking book, a bit pricey though. Looks as if I am going to have to find myself a sugar mummy.

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Postby Evan » Wed Feb 21, 2007 3:28 pm

Well, I've ordered it. Took quite a bite out of my account, but I haven't bought anything expensive in a long time, so I had enough. More incentive to work hard and go frogging in New Guinea one day :D

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Postby manicackel » Fri Feb 23, 2007 11:08 pm

I have that book here with me right now!! :D A great buy!! That picture looks like the species you show but it is always diffcult to be sure. I got mine from the Gerry Swan web site.
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Postby Evan » Fri Feb 23, 2007 11:53 pm

What website is that?

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Postby manicackel » Sat Feb 24, 2007 9:38 pm

Sorry Evan my bad, it is the Mike swan website not the Gerry Swan website!! Just google in Mike Swan herp books and it will take you there.

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Postby Eipper » Tue Feb 27, 2007 8:50 pm

hi all,

I would go with Litoria angiana, plate 66 of menzies 2006, is an almost indentical looking frog. Great book but the reproduction of the photos is very poor.

The book is availible from Mike Swan Herp Books (Mike is also a Herpetologist with Melbourne Zoo) and based in Victoria. I have been dealing with him for years and have always been extremely happy with the prompt service and excellent packaging.

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Postby Evan » Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:18 pm

What do you mean by the reproduction of the photos? Is the printing shoddy (colour, clarity)? I should be getting my copy any day now.

Thanks for the ID clarification,

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Postby Eipper » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:54 pm

Evan,

the clarity and colour seems poor, additionally I beleive that the age of some of the slides used did not help.

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