Metaphrynella Parker, 1934

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Microhylinae > Genus: Metaphrynella
2 species

Metaphrynella Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 107. Type species: Phrynella pollicaris Boulenger, 1890, by original designation.

English Names

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


Southern Malay Peninsula and Borneo.


Matsui, Yong, Araya, and Hamid, 1996, J. Herpetol., 30: 424-427, provided a discussion of acoustic characteristics and systematics of the Malaysian species. Formerly in the Old World component of Microhylinae; Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 225, removed Metaphrynella from any subfamily pending resolution of its phylogenetic placement. Transferred to Microhylinae by Van Bocxlaer, Roelants, Biju, Nagaraju, and Bossuyt, 2006, PLoS One, 1: 1-6. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences, suggested Metaphrynella to be the sister taxon of a group composed of Kaloula, Uperodon, and Ramanella. de Sá, Streicher, Sekonyela, Forlani, Loader, Greenbaum, Richards, and Haddad, 2012, BMC Evol. Biol., 12(241): 1-21, suggested on the basis of molecular evidence that Phrynella is phylogenetically imbedded in Metaphrynella, rendering the latter paraphyletic, but did not make the nomenclatural remedy.

Contained taxa (2 sp.):

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