Barbourula Taylor and Noble, 1924

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Bombinatoridae > Genus: Barbourula
2 species

Barbourula Taylor and Noble, 1924, Am. Mus. Novit., 121: 1. Type species: Barbourula busuangensis Taylor and Noble, 1924, by original designation.

English Names

Jungle Toads (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 38).

Barbourulas (Halliday and Adler, 2002, New Encyclop. Rept. Amph.: 82).


Philippines and Borneo (Kalimantan, Indonesia).


The phylogenetic position of Barbourula is enigmatic. Clarke, 1987, J. Nat. Hist., London, 21: 879-891, concluded that Barbourula is related to Bombina. Blackburn, Bickford, Diesmos, Iskandar, and Brown, 2010, PLoS One, 5 (8: e 12090) : 1-8, on the basis of molecular data found Barbourula to be the sister taxon of Bombina with a divergence time estimated to be in the Eocene.

Contained taxa (2 sp.):

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