Huia Yang, 1991

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Huia
1 species

Huia Yang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 27. Type species: Rana cavitympanum Boulenger, 1893, by original designation.

English Names

Huia Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 99).

Sabah Huia Frog (Arifin, Chan, Smart, Hertwig, Smith, Iskandar, and Haas, 2021, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 193: 687). 


Borneo (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia). 


Species formerly included within Amolops but removed to Huia by Yang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 27. Huia was considered a subgenus of Amolops by Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 321. 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: 248, on the basis of an analysis of molecular evidence, suggested that the name Huia be attached a group containing largely what is now Odorrana. Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1–13, demonstrated that the type species of Huia, Huia cavitympanum, was distant from this group and resurrected Odorrana. They also showed that Huia sensu stricto was not phylogenetically part of Amolops. Cai, Che, Pang, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Zootaxa, 1531: 49–55, suggested that Huia + Meristogenys is a monophyletic group (although they did not address Clinotarsus) and that Huia, even in the restricted sense at the time (i.e., including Wijayarana) is paraphyletic with respect to Meristogenys. Stuart, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 49–60, demonstrated that Huia is paraphyletic, with the type species, Huia cavitympanum, being the sister taxon of Meristogenys, and the remaining species, which he allocated to "Huia" being basal to Clinotarsus. This result was corroborated by Wiens, Sukumaran, Pyron, and Brown, 2009, Evolution, 63: 1217–1231. Kurabayashi, Yoshikawa, Sato, Hayashi, Oumi, Fujii, and Sumida, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 56: 543–553, did not include Clinotarsus in their analysis, but among their terminals suggested that Huia is paraphyletic with respect to Meristogenys. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543–583, confirmed the paraphyly of Huia with respect to Clinotarsus and Meristogenys (with Huia cavitympanum closer to Meristogenys and Huia masonii + Huia sumatrana the sister taxon of Clinotarsus, and Huia melasma outside of this inclusive group) but employed an antiquated taxonomy that makes this difficult to appreciate. Manthey and Denzer, 2014, Sauria, Berlin, 36: 31–48, reported on comparative adult and larval morphology. Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 245, considered Huia a junior synonym of Meristogenys on the basis of low statistical support of Huia, although they did recover it as monophyletic. Arifin, Chan, Smart, Hertwig, Smith, Iskandar, and Haas, 2021, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 193: 673–699, partitioned Huia into a monotypic Huia (including only Huia cavitympanum) and Wijayarana (for the remaining species of former Huia) on the basis of analysis of nu- and mtDNA, which recovered Huia cavitympanum as the sister taxon of Meristogenys and the remaining members (now Wijayarana) as a monophyletic group forming the sister taxon of Huia + Meristogenys

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