IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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Austrochaperina novaebrittaniae was previously included within Sphenophryne mehelyi (Tyler, 1967) until described by Zweifel (2000) as its own species. A. novaebritanniae is a small species ranging from 19 mm SVL in males to 21 in females. The snout is bluntly rounded when viewed dorsally and rounded/slightly projecting when viewed laterally. The nostrils are laterally placed and slightly visible dorsally. The loreal region is flat and moderately sloped. Eyes are laterally placed, large, and have an eyelid width 75% of the interorbital space. Relative finger lengths are 3>2=4>1, with the first digit one-half the length of the second. Toes are unwebbed and have relative lengths of 4>3>5>2>1 with discs larger than those on fingers. Supratympanic fold is weak. A. novaebritanniae is an almost dark ground color with white spots/flecks. In preservative, ground color appears tan. Ventral surfaces are slightly paler with a uniform pattern of pale spots.


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