Leptobrachium abbotti (Cochran, 1926)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Megophryidae > Subfamily: Leptobrachiinae > Genus: Leptobrachium > Species: Leptobrachium abbotti

Megophrys abbotti Cochran, 1926, J. Washington Acad. Sci., 16: 446. Holotype: USNM 39097, by original designation. Type locality: "Balik Papan Bay, Eastern Borneo", Indonesia.

Leptobrachium abbottiInger, Stuebing, and Tan, 1995, Raffles Bull. Zool., 43: 125, 128.

Leptobrachium (Leptobrachium) abbottiDubois and Ohler, 1998, Dumerilia, 4: 22; Delorme, Dubois, Grosjean, and Ohler, 2006, Alytes, 24: 12.

English Names

Lowland Litter Frog (Das, Jankowski, Makmor, and Haas, 2007, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 104: 154; Das, 2007, Amph. Rept. Brunei: 33).


Lowlands of Sabah and Sarawak (Malaysia), Brunei, and Kalimantan (Indonesia), Borneo (see comment).


Removed from the synonymy of Leptobrachium hasseltii by Inger, Stuebing, and Tan, 1995, Raffles Bull. Zool., 43: 125, where it had been placed by Inger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 29. See identification table by Manthey and Grossmann, 1997, Amph. Rept. Südostasiens: 68–69, to compare this species with other megophryids in the Sunda Shelf region. Malkmus, Manthey, Vogel, Hoffmann, and Kosuch, 2002, Amph. Rept. Mount Kinabalu: 91–93, provided an account. Das, Jankowski, Makmor, and Haas, 2007, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 104: 154, provided a brief description. Das, 2007, Amph. Rept. Brunei: 33, provided a photograph and a brief account. Hamidy, Matsui, Shimada, Nishikawa, Yambun Imbun, Sudin, Kusrini, and Kurniati, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 904–913, suggested that this name covers at least 4 lineages, phylogenetically interdigitated with other species; the one from eastern Kalimantan likely taking the existing name (this one forming the sister taxon of one of the lineages of Leptobrachium montanum), and three other lineages from Sarawak, of which one of these has subsequently been named as Leptobrachium kantonishikawaiManthey and Denzer, 2013, Sauria, Berlin, 35:16–18, provided a brief account (as Leptobrachium cf. abbotti) and photograph, covering adult and larval morphology, habitat, and range. Haas, Kueh, Joseph, bin Asri, Das, Hagmann, Schwander, and Hertwig, 2018, Evol. Syst., 2: 89–114, provided a brief account of morphology and natural history for the Sabah population. In the Leptobrachium montanum complex of Al-Razi, Maria, and Poyarkov, 2021, J. Nat. Hist., London, 55: 85–114, who reported on molecular systematics. 


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