Brachytarsophrys Tian and Hu, 1983

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Megophryidae > Subfamily: Megophryinae > Genus: Brachytarsophrys
9 species

English Names

Karin Hills Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 85).

Short-Legged Toads (Li, Zhang, Lyu, Wang, Li, Liu, Chen, Rao, Jin, Zhang, and Wang, 2020, Zool. Res., Kunming: 113). 


Southern China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, and northern Thailand. 


Considered a subgenus of Megophrys by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 23, but retained as a genus by Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 116. Rao and Yang, 1997, Asiat. Herpetol. Res., 7: 103–107, discussed systematics and distribution of the species. Xie and Wang, 2000, Cultum Herpetol. Sinica, 8: 356–370, discussed evidence of the monophyly of this taxon as well as character conflict regarding the monophyly of this taxon. Xu, 2005, Sichuan J. Zool., 24: 337–339, rejected this taxon on karyological grounds. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 2: 329–346, provided a key and accounts for the Chinese species. See comment under Megophryidae. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543–583, noted the paraphyly of Xenophrys (now redelimited–DRF) with respect to this taxon. The genus was reviewed, an identification key provided, and species groups delimited by molecular and morphological evidence by Li, Zhang, Lyu, Wang, Li, Liu, Chen, Rao, Jin, Zhang, and Wang, 2020, Zool. Res., Kunming: 105–122, these being the Brachytarsophrys carinense group (Brachytarsophrys carinense, Brachytarsophrys intermedia) and the Brachytarsophrys feae group (Brachytarsophrys chuannanensis, Brachytarsophrys feae, Brachytarsophrys orientalis, Brachytarsophrys platyparietus, and Brachytarsophrys popei [with Brachytarsophrys qiannanensis recently included). These groups were also recognized by Qi, Lyu, Wang, Mo, Zeng, Zeng, Dai, Li, Grismer, and Wang, 2021, Zootaxa, 5072: 430, and Lyu, Qi, Wang, Zhang, Zhao, Zeng, Wan, Yang, Mo, and Wang, 2023, Zool. Res., Kunming, 44: 380–450.

Contained taxa (9 sp.):

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