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Asterophrys leucopus is a species of frog in the Microhylidae family. It is endemic to northwestern Papua New Guinea where it is known from a number of mountains (Sandaun Province: Stolle Mountain, its type locality, and Bewani Mountains; East Sepik Province: Hunstein Mountains).
Asterophrys leucopus are moderately large microhylids. Males measure 43–47 mm (1.7–1.9 in) in snout–vent length. A distinctive feature of these frogs, shared with the congeneric Asterophrys turpicola, is their extremely broad head, almost half of snout–vent length. It has a robust body with short limbs. The colour pattern is mottled light and dark pinkish brown, with irregular black patches on dorsal and lateral surfaces; this gives these frogs a good camouflage against wet moss of their habitat. Males call from exposed positions; the call consists of a series of rapidly repeated introductory notes followed by slower terminal notes.
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