Leiopelma waitomoensis Worthy

Waitomo Frog (Leiopelma waitomoensis)

The Waitomo Frog was described in 1987 based on subfossil bones that were excavated from a cave near the village of Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand.

The species was about twice the size of all other endemic New Zealand frogs, reaching a body length of nearly 10 cm. [1]



[1] Trevor H. Worthy: Osteology of Leiopelma (Amphibia: Leiopelmatidae) and descriptions of three new subfossil Leiopelma species. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 17(3): 201-251. 1987


edited: 29.05.2019