Microhyla malang Matsui, 2011

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Microhylinae > Genus: Microhyla > Species: Microhyla malang

Microhyla malang Matsui, 2011, Zootaxa, 2814: 39. Holotype: KUHE 17245, by original designation. Type locality: "Gunung Serapi, Matang Range, in the suburbs of Kuching, Kuching Division, Sarawak, Malaysia (01° 36′ N, 110° 11′ E, alt. 290 m a.s.l.; now a part of Kubah National Park)".

English Names

Borneo Rice Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 90, as Microhyla borneensis).

Borneo Narrow-mouthed Frog (Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 158; Das, Jankowski, Makmor, and Haas, 2007, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 104: 156, as Microhyla borneensis).

Bornean Narrow-mouthed Frog (Das, 2007, Amph. Rept. Brunei: 43, as Microhyla borneensis; Haas, Das, Hertwig, Bublies, and Schulz-Schaeffer, 2022, Guide to the Tadpoles of Borneo: 306).

Bornean Chorus Frog (Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 102, as Microhyla borneensis).

Long-snouted Frog (Kuehboon-Hee and Sudin, 2008, Herpetol. Rev., 39: 363, as Microhyla borneensis).


Western Sarawak and eastern Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, also Brunei and adjacent Kalimantan, Indonesia; the sources of records from Sumatra appears to be based solely on personal communications and require confirmation.


The sister species of Microhyla borneensis, and previously confused with that species, according to the original publication where records of Microhyla borneensis were reidentified as Microhyla malang. Accounts prior to 2011 conflateded Microhyla malang and Microhyla borneensis (= Microhyla nepenthicola and Microhyla malang) as Microhyla borneensis, but presumably are mostly based on Microhyla malang: Inger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 151-154, and Inger and Tan, 1996, Raffles Bull. Zool., 44: 558; Malkmus, Manthey, Vogel, Hoffmann, and Kosuch, 2002, Amph. Rept. Mount Kinabalu: 131-132; Das, Jankowski, Makmor, and Haas, 2007, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 104: 156; and Kuehboon-Hee and Sudin, 2008, Herpetol. Rev., 39: 363 (who provided a record for Sabah). Firdaus, Ratih, Karima, Kusuma, and Suastika, 2018, Bioinform. Biomed. Res. J., 1: 1–6, reported on the mtDNA phylogenetic relationships of the species of Microhyla within Sumatra, Java, Borneo, and peninsular Malaysia, placing this species as the sister of Microhyla borneensis. In the Microhyla achatina species group of Garg, Suyesh, Das, Jiang, Wijayathilaka, Amarasinghe, Alhadi, Vineeth, Aravind, Senevirathne, Meegaskumbura, and Biju, 2018 "2019", Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 69: 1–71. Zainudin and Alaudin, 2018, Malaysian Appl. Biol., 47: 15–21, suggested that Microhyla malang is conspecific with Microhyla borneensis on the basis of low genetic distance. Gorin, Solovyeva, Hasan, Okamiya, Karunarathna, Pawangkhanant, de Silva, Juthong, Milto, Nguyen, Suwannapoom, Haas, Bickford, Das, and Poyarkov, 2020, PeerJ, 8 (e9411): 1–47, placed this species in their Microhyla achatina group and suggested that the Sarawak, Sabah, and Kalimantan populations likely represent distinct species. Haas, Das, Hertwig, Bublies, and Schulz-Schaeffer, 2022, Guide to the Tadpoles of Borneo: 306–308, summarized the knowledge of habitat, reproduction, larval morphology and coloration.  

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