Feihyla Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Feihyla
6 species

English Names

None noted.


Mountains of northeastern India (Mizoram, Assam, and Nagaland), adjacent Bangladesh (Sylhet Division), Myanmar and Thailand through Laos, southwestern Cambodia, and Vietnam to southeastern Xizang, southern Yunnan, southern Guangxi, Yunnan, Guangdong, and Hainan Island, China  and thence to Borneo in southern Sabah to central and southern Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo); Brunei; Kalimantan, Indonesia along the borders of Sabah and Sarawak.


The content of this taxon is expected to expand as more species of "Philautus" and "Chirixalus" are evaluated phylogenetically, according to the original publication. Grosjean, Delorme, Dubois, and Ohler, 2008, J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res., 46: 169-176, found Feihyla to be the sister taxon of Chiromantis and for that reason retained it in Chiromantis pending further resolution. Li, Che, Bain, Zhao, and Zhang, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 48: 302-312, found Feihyla, on the basis of somewhat denser taxonomic sampling and a larger dataset, to be more closely related to Rhacophorus, and therefore retained the genus. Yu, Rao, Yang, and Zhang, 2008, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 153: 733-749, suggested that Feihyla (as Philautus palpebralis) is the sister taxon of their Chirixalus vittatus (which they placed far from other Chiromantis/Chirixalus). Li, Rao, Murphy, and Zhang, 2011, Asian Herpetol. Res., Ser. 3, 2 (1): 1-11, noted a behavioral synapomorphy and suggested that Feihyla is monophyletic with the transfer of former Chiromantis vittatus into the genus by Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 35: 413-417. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, confirmed the monophyly of Chiromantis and placed Feihyla as the sister taxon of Taruga (which they did not recognize), Polypedates, and RhacophorusLi, Li, Klaus, Rao, Hillis, and Zhang, 2013, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 110: 34413446, found Feihyla to form the sister taxon of Ghatixalus + Taruga + Polypedates.  Hertwig, Schweizer, Das, and Haas, 2013, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 68: 567-581, found Feihyla to be monophyletic and the sister taxon of Polypedates (sensu lato) on the basis of a maximum-likelihood analysis. Meegaskumbura, Senevirathne, Biju, Garg, Meegaskumbura, Pethiyagoda, Hanken, and Schneider, 2015, Zool. Scripta, 44: 509–522, suggested that Feihyla vittata is the sister taxon of Chiromantis, while the remainder of Feihyla is the sister taxon of a group composed of Ghatixalus, Rhacophorus, Taruga, and Polypedates. Given that monophyly is supported under maximum-likelihood and polyphyly is supported under a quasi-Bayesian analysis, one has to regard this as a question that is not yet resolved (DRF). 

Contained taxa (6 sp.):

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