Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Scopus Web of Science® Altmetric
Type: Journal article
Title: Early Miocene fossil frogs (Anura: Leiopelmatidae) from New Zealand
Author: Worthy, T.H.
Tennyson, A.J.D.
Scofield, R.P.
Hand, S.J.
Citation: Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 2013; 43(4):211-230
Publisher: Royal Society of New Zealand
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0303-6758
Statement of
TH Worthy, AJD Tennyson, RP Scofield and SJ Hand
Abstract: The first pre-Quaternary anurans from New Zealand are reported from the Early Miocene (19–16 Ma) St Bathans Fauna based on 10 fossil bones. Four bones representing two new species differing in size are described in Leiopelma: Leiopelmatidae, and are the first Tertiary records for the family. Six indeterminate frog fossils are morphologically similar to leiopelmatids and represent two species consistent in size with those known from diagnostic material. These records are highly significant, as minimally, they reduce the duration of the leiopelmatid ‘ghost lineage’ by c.20 million years and demonstrate that a diversity of leiopelmatids has long been present on New Zealand, supporting the ancient dichotomy of the extant species based on molecular data.
Keywords: palaeodiversity; taxonomy; Leiopelma; St Bathans Fauna; Early Miocene; New Zealand
Rights: © 2013 The Royal Society of New Zealand
DOI: 10.1080/03036758.2013.825300
Grant ID:
Appears in Collections:Aurora harvest 7
Earth and Environmental Sciences publications

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.