Philautus hosii (Boulenger, 1895)

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

Rhacophorus hosii Boulenger, 1895, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 16: 169. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.8.88 (formerly 1895.7.2.21) according to Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 35. Type locality: "Patah River, North Sarawak", Malaysia (Borneo).

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) hosiiAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: xi, 57, 119.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) buergeri hosiiWolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 170.

Rhacophorus hosiiInger, 1954, Fieldiana, Zool., 33: 385. By implication of doubting synonymy of Rhacophorus everetti with a number of Rhacophorus buergeri subspecies noted by Wolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 137–217.

Rhacophorus hoseiInger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 304. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Philautus hoseiLiem, 1970, Fieldiana, Zool., 57: 68.

Philautus hosii — Inger, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 529.

Philautus (Gorhixalus) hosiiDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 72.

Leptomantis hosiiIskandar and Colijn, 2000, Treubia, 31: 95.

Philautus hosiiHarvey, Pemberton, and Smith, 2002, Herpetol. Monogr., 16: 47, by implication.

Polypedates chlorophthalmus Das, 2005, Raffles Bull. Zool., 53: 266. Holotype: ZRC 1.11531, by original designation. Type locality: "from an unnamed stream ca. 0.8 km NE of Samling Camp at Ravenscourt, 04° 05′ 14.1″ N 115° 28′ 42.7″ E, Lawas Division, Sarawak; 1,351 m ASL, at middle elevations of Gunung Murud, East Malaysia (Borneo)". Synonymy by Dehling and Das, 2020, Raffles Bull. Zool., 68: 319. 

English Names

Borneo Bubble-nest Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 112).


Western and northern Borneo (southern Sabah and central Sarawak [Malaysia] and western Kalimantan, Indonesia, up to 350 m elevation); likely into Brunei.


Removed from the synonymy of Rhacophorus buergeri by Inger, 1954, Fieldiana, Zool., 33: 385; by implication, and Inger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 304 (who also provided an account as Rhacophorus hosei), where it had been placed by Wolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 170. 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. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 634. Dehling and Das, 2020, Raffles Bull. Zool., 68: 319–325, discussed the status of Polypedates chlorophthalmus and placed it in synonymy. 

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