Brachytarsophrys feae (Boulenger, 1887)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Megophryidae > Subfamily: Megophryinae > Genus: Brachytarsophrys > Species: Brachytarsophrys feae

Megalophrys feae Boulenger, 1887, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 2, 4: 512. Holotype: MSNG 29763 according to Capocaccia, 1957, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 69: 212. Type locality: "East of Bhamò [the city], Khakhyen Hills, Burma [= Myanmar]".

Leptobrachium feaeBoulenger, 1889, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 2, 7: 750.

Megophrys feaeGee and Boring, 1929, Peking Nat. Hist. Bull., 4: 20.

Megophrys (Megophrys) feaeDubois, 1980, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 49: 472.

Brachytarsophrys feaeRao and Yang, 1997, Asiat. Herpetol. Res., 7: 98.

Megophrys (Brachytarsophrys) feae — Mahony, Foley, Biju, and Teeling, 2017, Mol. Biol. Evol., 34: 754. 

English Names

Kakhien Hills Spadefoot Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 86).

Kakhien Hill Frog (Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 11).

Fea's Short-legged Toad (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 104).

Green Spine-eyed Frog (Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 83).

Fea's Horn Frog (Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 83).

Fea's Horned Frog (Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 82).

Fea's Horned Toadfrog (Zug, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 653: 28).


Northern Myanmar (Kachin and Kayah) to northwestern Thailand (Chiang Mai and Tak provinces); northern montane Vietnam and into southwestern and southeastern Yunnan and southwestern Guangxi provinces, China; presumably extends into Laos.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam

Likely/Controversially Present: Laos


See Taylor, 1962, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 43: 296–298, and Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 218–220, for accounts. See accounts by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 163, and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 104–105. Orlov, Murphy, Ananjeva, Ryabov, and Ho, 2002, Russ. J. Herpetol., 9: 81–104, provided a statement of the species' range. See also brief account by Zhao and Yang, 1997, Amph. Rept. Hengduan Mountains Region: 41–42. Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 83, provided a brief characterization (as Megophrys feae) and a photograph. Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 82–83, provided a very brief account, map for Thailand, and photograph. Wogan, Lwin, Win, and Thin, 2004, Proc. California Acad. Sci., 55: 251–254, reported on the advertisement call. Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 11, provided specific records for Vietnam and (p. 147) a photograph. Bain, Nguyen, and Doan, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 107, provided records from Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, and briefly discussed the range. Yang, 2008, in Yang and Rao (ed.), Amph. Rept. Yunnan: 26–27, provided a brief account for Yunnan, China. Mo and Zou, 2005, Herpetol. Sinica, 10: 89–92, provided a record for Guangxi. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 2: 341–346, provided an account and spot map for China. Chan-ard, Nabhitabhata, and Suwannapakdi, 2007, Thailand Nat. Hist. Mus. J., 2: 27–30, provided a definite record for northern Thailand. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 180, provided a brief account including photographs. Chan-ard, Cota, and Makchai, 2011, Amph. E. Region Thailand: 124, detailed the range in Thailand. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 208, provided an account, photographs, and a range map for China. Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 727–729, provided an account, photograph, and dot map for China. Pham, Pham, Doan, Ziegler, and Nguyen, 2019, Biodiversity Data J., 7 (e39140): 1–18, reported the species from Son La Province, northwestern Vietnam. Niyomwan, Srisom, and Pawangkhanant, 2019, Field Guide Amph. Thailand: 146–147, provided a brief account (photograph, habitat, and range) for Thailand (in Thai). In the Brachytarsophrys feae group of Li, Zhang, Lyu, Wang, Li, Liu, Chen, Rao, Jin, Zhang, and Wang, 2020, Zool. Res., Kunming: 105–122. Makchai, Chuaynkern, Safoowong, Chuachat, and Cota, 2020, Amph. N. Thailand: 99, provided a brief account, photographs, and a range map for Thailand. Zug, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 653: 28, briefly discussed identification, habitat, and range in Myanmar. Chuaynkern, Makchai, and Chuaynkern, 2022, Agr. Nat. Res., Thailand, 56: 225–232, reported on larval morphology from a population in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

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