Philautus aurifasciatus (Schlegel, 1837)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Philautus > Species: Philautus aurifasciatus

Hyla aurifasciata Kuhl and Van Hasselt, 1822, Algemeene Konst-en Letter-Bode, 7: 104. Types: Not designated although presumably based on specimens originally in RMNH. Type locality: "van den Pangerango is te bereiken, die 8500 voten boven Buitenzorg en dus 9400 boven de zee ligt"; given as "'Rosamalen Forest', on Mount Gede ('Pangerango') (06° 47′ S, 106° 59′ E), Mount Gede-Pangrango National Park, Jawa Barat (West Java), Java, Indonesia" by Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 12. Nomen nudum. Synonymy by Van Kampen, 1923, Amph. Indo-Austral. Arch.: 276.

Hyla aurifasciatus Schlegel, 1837, Abbild. Neuer Unvollst. Amph., 1: 27. Syntypes: Including animal figured in pl. 9, fig. 4 of the original and probably RMNH 4266 (6 specimens), possibly including BMNH specimen on exchange from RMNH from Java; Bauer, 2016, in Das and Tuen (eds.), Nat. Explor. Field Sci. SE Asia Australasia: 94, regarded ZMB 4465 as a syntype; RMNH 4266A designated lectotype by Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 12, and who redescribed the lectotype on page 62. Type locality: "innern bergigen Gegenden der Insel Java", Indonesia.

Orchestes aurifasciatusTschudi, 1838, Classif. Batr.: 35, 76.

Ixalus aurifasciatusDuméril and Bibron, 1841, Erp. Gen., 6: 523; Günther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 74; Peters, 1872, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, 3: 44.

Ixalus semifasciatusHallowell, 1861 "1860", Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 12: 501. Incorrect subsequent according to Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 87.

Philautus aurifasciatusBarbour, 1912, Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool., 44: 68, 171. Van Kampen, 1923, Amph. Indo-Austral. Arch.: 276; Brown and Alcala, 1994, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 48: 189.

Nyctixalus robinsoni Annandale, 1917, J. Fed. Malay States Mus., 7: 110. Holotype: ZSIC 18337 according to Chanda, Das, and Dubois, 2001 "2000", Hamadryad, 25: 112. Type locality: "Tjibodas, Java, alt. 4,700–6,500 ft.", Indonesia. Synonymy by Smith, 1931, Bull. Raffles Mus., 5: 17.

Rhacophorus (Philautus) aurifasciatusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 94.

Philautus (Philautus) aurifasciatusDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 72; Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 12.

English Names

Java Bubble-nest Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 111).

Gold Striped Tree Frog (Iskandar, 1998, Amph. Java Bali: 85).


Java and western Sumatra, Indonesia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Indonesia

Endemic: Indonesia


See Berry, 1975, Amph. Fauna Peninsular Malaysia: 91–92. Nyctixalus margaritifer and Philautus pallidipes are possible synonyms, according to Liem, 1973 "1971", Philipp. J. Sci., 100: 157. Dring, 1987, Amphibia-Reptilia, 8: 19–47, removed several taxa from synonymy and restricted this name to the Javan population (although this seems to not be generally accepted without comment). See account by Inger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 341–344, which also addressed Philautus acutirostris, Philautus longicrus, Philautus mjobergi, and Philautus petersi, as synonyms and geographic components. Iskandar, 1998, Amph. Java Bali: 85–86, provided a brief account. See comment under Philautus vermiculatus. Recorded for Thailand by Khonsue and Thirakhupt, 2001, Nat. Hist. J. Chulalongkorn Univ., 1: 77, and Chuaynkern and Chuaynkern, 2012, J. Wildlife Thailand, 19: 19; these require confirmation according to Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 58, who thinks these records are based on misidentified Philautus aurifasciatus. Biju, 2001, Occas. Publ. Indian Soc. Conserv. Biol., 1: 19, doubted records from Karnataka, India. See identification table by Manthey and Grossmann, 1997, Amph. Rept. Südostasiens: 122–123, to compare this species to other rhacophorids of the Sunda Shelf region. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 174, considered records for Karnataka, India, to be erroneous. See brief account for East Java by Amin, 2020, Frogs of East Java: 58–60. 

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