Huia cavitympanum (Boulenger, 1893)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Huia > Species: Huia cavitympanum

Rana cavitympanum Boulenger, 1893, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1893: 525. Holotype: BMNH, by original designation. This being BMNH 1947.2.4.16 (formerly 1893.5.30.26) according to museum records. Type locality: "Kina Balu", Sabah, Malaysia (Borneo).

Rana (Hylorana) cavitympanumBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 126, 211.

Rana (Hylarana) cavitympanumVan Kampen, 1923, Amph. Indo-Austral. Arch.: 211.

Amolops cavitympanumInger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 260.

Huia cavitympanumYang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 27; Stuart, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 49-60.

Amolops (Huia) cavitympanumDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 321.

Meristogenys cavitympanumDubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 422. 

English Names

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

Hole-in-the-head Frog (Haas, Das, Hertwig, Bublies, and Schulz-Schaeffer, 2022, Guide to the Tadpoles of Borneo: 183).


Borneo (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia). 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Malaysia, East (Sarawak and/or Sabah)


See account (as Amolops cavitympanum) by Inger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 260–263; (as Rana cavitympanum) by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 194. Malkmus, Manthey, Vogel, Hoffmann, and Kosuch, 2002, Amph. Rept. Mount Kinabalu: 137–138, provided an account. Gan, Hertwig, Das, and Haas, 2015, J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res., 54: 46–59, reported on detailed anatomy of the larval ventral sucker in comparison to Meristogenys jerboaHaas, Kueh, Joseph, bin Asri, Das, Hagmann, Schwander, and Hertwig, 2018, Evol. Syst., 2: 89–114, provided a brief account of morphology and natural history for the Sabah population. Idrus, Arroyyan, Bahri, and Hamidy, 2021, J. Biodjati, 6: 1–10, reported on comparative morphometrics. Haas, Das, Hertwig, Bublies, and Schulz-Schaeffer, 2022, Guide to the Tadpoles of Borneo: 183–185, summarized the knowledge of habitat, reproduction, larval morphology and coloration.

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