Hylophorbus Macleay, 1878

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Hylophorbus
15 species

Hylophorbus Macleay, 1878, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, 2: 136. Type species: Hylophorbus rufescens Macleay, 1878, by monotypy.

Metopostira Méhely, 1901, Termés. Füzetek, 24: 189, 238. Type species: Metopostira ocellata Méhely, 1901, by monotypy. Synonymy by Van Kampen, 1919, Bijdr. Dierkd., 21: 53; Zweifel, 1972, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 148: 449.

English Names

Mawatta Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 90).


New Guinea.


Removed from the synonymy of Asterophrys by Zweifel, 1972, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 148: 449, where it had been placed by Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 58. Günther, 2001, Russ. J. Herpetol., 8: 81-104, provided cogent accounts and comparisons. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 247-252, discussed systematic issues within Hylophorbus and provided brief accounts. Köhler and Günther, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 47: 353-365, suggested on the basis of molecular evidence that Hylophorbus is monophyletic and the sister taxon of a group of "Callulops" including Callulops majorDubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 418, recovered Hylophobus as monophyletic and imbedded in a paraphyletic Mantophryne. But, due to the generally chaotic nature of asterophryine generic taxonomy, these authors placed all asterophryine genera for which they had samples into Asterophrys, with the exception of Gastrophrynoides. Ferreira, Kraus, Richards, Oliver, Günther, Trilaksono, Arida, Hamidy, Riyanto, Tjaturadi, Thébaud, Gaucher, and Fouquet, 2023, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlad168: 1–22, reviewed the phylogenetics of the genus and detected many unnamed species. 

Contained taxa (15 sp.):

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