Phrynomerinae Noble, 1931

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Phrynomerinae
6 species

Brachymeridae Günther, 1858, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1858: 347. Type genus: Brachymerus Smith, 1847.

Phrynomerinae Noble, 1931, Biol. Amph.: 538. Type genus: Phrynomerus Noble, 1926.

PhrynomeridaeParker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 9; Bossuyt and Roelants, 2009, in Hedges and Kumar (eds.), Timetree of Life: 358; Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 221.

Phrynomantini Burton, 1986, Rec. S. Aust. Mus., 19: 444. Type genus: Phrynomantis Peters, 1867. See comment under Callulops (Asterophryinae).

English Names

None noted. 


Subsaharan Africa.


See Dubois, 1988, Alytes, 7: 1-5, for a discussion of the taxonomic literature and nomenclature. 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, provided a hypothesis of placement of Phrynomantis within Microhylidae and did not recognize Phrynomerinae because of the lack of any necessity to do so. Bossuyt and Roelants, 2009, in Hedges and Kumar (eds.), Timetree of Life: 357-364, considered this taxon a distinct family based on its suggested Mesozoic origin. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, suggested that Phrynomerinae is the sister taxon of remaining microhylids as did Tu, Yang, Liang, and Zhang, 2018, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 126: 85–91. 

Contained taxa (6 sp.):

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