Chiromantis Peters, 1854

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Chiromantis
4 species

Chiromantis Peters, 1854, Ber. Bekannt. Verhandl. K. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1854: 626. Type species: Chiromantis xerampelina Peters, 1854, by monotypy.

English Names

Foam Nest Frogs (Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 200; Lambiris, 1990 "1989", Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 139; Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 334; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 456).

Foam-nest Treefrogs (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 131; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 111).


African tropics, south of the Sahara. 


See Werner, 1923, Verh. Zool. Bot. Ges. Wien, 72: 62–66, and accounts for African species in Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 35–41. Poynton, 2000, Afr. J. Herpetol., 49: 125, suggested that unnamed species of Chiromantis exist in Somalia and that careful systematic studies are needed.  Li, Che, Murphy, Zhao, Zhao, Rao, and Zhang, 2009, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 53: 509–522, suggested on the basis of molecular evidence that Chiromantis as currently constructed (now Chiromantis + Chirixalus) is paraphyletic with respect to Feihyla. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543–583, did obtain a monophyletic Chiromantis (sensu lato), with somewhat greater taxon and locus sampling in their molecular study; they found Chiromantis as the sister of a taxon of Ghatixalus, a taxon not included by Li et al., 2009. Li, Li, Klaus, Rao, Hillis, and Zhang, 2013, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 110: 34413446, found on the basis of a Bayesian analysis Chiromantis (sensu lato) to be monophyletic and the sister taxon of a large group composed of Feihyla, Ghatixalus, Taruga, Polypedates, and RhacophorusChanning and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 210–211, provided brief accounts, photographs, and range maps for the species.

Contained taxa (4 sp.):

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