Huia masonii (Boulenger, 1884)

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

Rana Masonii Boulenger, 1884, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 5, 13: 397. Holotypes: BMNH 1947.2.4.2, according to Stuart and Chan-ard, 2005, Copeia, 2005: 280. Type locality: "near Batavia [now Jakarta]", Java, Indonesia.

Hylorana massoniDeckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 144. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Huia javana Yang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 27. Holotype: ZMA 7780, by original designation. Type locality: "Tijibodas, Java", Indonesia. Synonymy by Iskandar, 1998, Amph. Java Bali: 64.

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

Huia masoniiIskandar, 1998, Amph. Java Bali: 63.

"Huia" masoniiStuart, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 54. See comment.

English Names

Java Huia Frog (Huia javana [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 99).

Javan Torrent Frog (Huia masonii: Iskandar, 1998, Amph. Java Bali: 63).


Western and central Java, along high gradient streams, 50-1200 m elevation, Indonesia.


Removed from the synonymy of Meristogenys jerboa by Iskandar, 1998, Amph. Java Bali: 62 (who provided an account), where it had been placed by Boulenger, 1893, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 2, 13: 335; Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 196; Van Kampen, 1923, Amph. Indo-Austral. Arch.: 208; Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 382. Redescribed and discussed by Stuart and Chan-ard, 2005, Copeia, 2005: 280-282. Bossuyt, Brown, Hillis, Cannatella, and Milinkovitch, 2006, Syst. Biol., 55: 579-594, found this species to be closely related to Meristogenys ; Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1-13, implied that this placement suggested that Huia is polyphyletic. Stuart, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 54, considered this taxon to be in a clade composed of Meristogenys, Clinotarsus, and Odorrana and preferred not to place this taxon prior to phylogenetic analysis. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 479.

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