Meristogenys Yang, 1991

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Meristogenys
13 species

Meristogenys Yang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 33. Type species: Hylarana jerboa Günther, 1872, by original designation.

English Names

Borneo Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 101).


Borneo (Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei).


Formerly part of Amolops. 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: 139, considered Meristogenys to be the sister taxon of Clinotarsus. See comment under Clinotarsus. Cai, Che, Pang, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Zootaxa, 1531: 49–55, did not address Clinotarsus, but did consider Meristogenys to be imbedded phylogenetically within a paraphyletic Huia, as did Kurabayashi, Yoshikawa, Sato, Hayashi, Oumi, Fujii, and Sumida, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 56: 543–553. Shimada, Matsui, Sudin, and Mohamed, 2007, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 151: 173–189, compared morphology and molecular markers of larvae in a single stream in Sabah, Malaysia, that suggested the morphologically cryptic species within Meristogenys whiteheadi, and that previous associations of larvae with adults in Meristogenys amoropalamus and Meristogenys kinabaluensis should be taken with caution. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543–583, confirmed the monophyly of this taxon (although rendering Huia paraphyletic with respect to both Meristogenys and Clinotarsus), although this is difficult to appreciate given the authors' adoption of a nonmonophyletic and antiquated taxonomy. Shimada and Matsui, 2019, Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 38: 23–31, described the comparative diagnostic feature of the species and cited the relevant literature. See comment under HuiaArifin, Chan, Smart, Hertwig, Smith, Iskandar, and Haas, 2021, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 193: 673–699, provided a mt- and nuDNA tree which includes 6 species of Meristogenys, finding it the sister taxon of Huia cavitympanum

Contained taxa (13 sp.):

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