Microhyla superciliaris Parker, 1928

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Microhylinae > Genus: Microhyla > Species: Microhyla superciliaris

Microhyla superciliaris Parker, 1928, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 2: 486. Holotype: BMNH 1904.7.19.31 according to Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 134, and Van Tuijl, 1995, Bull. Zool. Mus. Univ. Amsterdam, 14: 128, now reregistered as BM 1947.2.11.81, according to museum records. Type locality: "Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malay Peninsula", Malaya, Malaysia.

Microhyla (Microhyla) superciliarisDubois, 1987, Alytes, 6: 3.

English Names

Batu Cave Rice Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 91).

Malayan Narrow-Mouth Frog (Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 42). 


Malaya and Sumatra, extending north into southern peninsular Thailand, south of the Kangar–Pattani Line; isolated records in Sumatra, Indonesia. See comment. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Indonesia, Malaysia, Malaysia, West (Peninsular), Thailand


Subgenus Microhyla, Microhyla berdmorei group. See Berry, 1975, Amph. Fauna Peninsular Malaysia: 125, and brief account by Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 518–519. See identification table by Manthey and Grossmann, 1997, Amph. Rept. Südostasiens: 46, to compare this species with other microhylids in the Sunda Shelf region. Sumarli, Grismer, Anuar, Muin, and Quah, 2015, Check List, 11(4, Art. 1679): 8, reported specimens from Lata Belatan, Terregganu, West Malaysia, and briefly reported on their morphology and habitat.  Manthey, Denzer, and Quah, 2016, Sauria, Berlin, 38: 23–30, reported on the species, noting that records of Microhyla palmipes from the Malay Peninsula appear to be based on misidentified members of the Microhyla superciliaris complex (including unnamed species) and likely extending north into peninsular Thailand. Firdaus, Ratih, Karima, Kusuma, and Suastika, 2018, Bioinform. Biomed. Res. J., 1: 1–6, reported on the mtDNA phylogenetic relationships of the species of Microhyla within Sumatra, Java, Borneo, and peninsular Malaysia, placing this species as the sister of a taxon composed of Microhyla berdmorei, Microhyla achatina, Microhyla mantheyi, Microhyla borneensis, and Microhyla malang. Gorin, Solovyeva, Hasan, Okamiya, Karunarathna, Pawangkhanant, de Silva, Juthong, Milto, Nguyen, Suwannapoom, Haas, Bickford, Das, and Poyarkov, 2020, PeerJ, 8 (e9411): 1–47, placed this species in their Microhyla superciliaris group and suggested that it is composed of at least two cryptic species, one of which was subsequently named as Microhyla tetrix by Poyarkov, Pawangkhanant, Gorin, Juthong, and Suwannapoom, 2020, J. Nat. Hist., London, 54: 1525–1558 (who also provided a Thailand record). IUCN Red List for this species details the Sumatra records (https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/57894/176643127#geographic-range). 

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