Meristogenys phaeomerus (Inger and Gritis, 1983)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Meristogenys > Species: Meristogenys phaeomerus

Amolops phaeomerus Inger and Gritis, 1983, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 19: 9. Holotype: FMNH 136140, by original designation. Type locality: "Nanga Tekalit, Kapit District, Third Division, Sarawak", Malaysia (Borneo).

Meristogenys phaeomerusYang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 37. Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 3; by implication.

Amolops (Meristogenys) phaeomerusDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 321.

English Names

Kapit Borneo Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 102).


Rocky streams in rainforest in the Baleh River basin, Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo) and adjacent Kalimantan, Indonesia, below 300 m elevation. See comment. 


See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 630. Shimada and Matsui, 2019, Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 38: 23–31, noted that larval description of this species in the original publication actually pertain to Meristogenys poecilius; these authors also doubted the distinctiveness of Meristogenys phaeomorus based on its seeming lack of diagnosability from Meristogenys orphnocnemis (as well as only a 1.5% sequence divergence). Haas, Kueh, Joseph, bin Asri, Das, Hagmann, Schwander, and Hertwig, 2018, Evol. Syst., 2: 89–114, noted records of this species from Sabah, Malaysia, that actually apply to Meristogenys orphocnemis.  

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