Romerus romeri (Smith, 1953)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Romerus > Species: Romerus romeri

Philautus romeri Smith, 1953, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 12, 6: 477. Holotype: BMNH 1952.1.6.65, by original designation. Type locality: "Lamma Island, Colony of Hong Kong", China.

Chirixalus romeriBossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 52.

Chiromantis romeriFrost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 367.

Liuixalus romeriLi, Che, Bain, Zhao, and Zhang, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 48: 311.

Aquixalus romeriFei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 2: 703. See comment under Philautus.

Romerus romeri — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 262. 

English Names

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

Romer's Philautus (Karsen, Lau, and Bogadek, 1986, Hong Kong Amph. Rept.: 32).

Romer's Tree Frog (Karsen, Lau, and Bogadek, 1986, Hong Kong Amph. Rept.: 32).

Romer's Small Treefrog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 258).


Chep Lap Kok, Lamma, Lantau, and Po Toi islands, Hong Kong, China, 0–650 m elevation. Also reported in southern Guangxi, China (see comment).


Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 258–259, provided a brief account, figure, and map. See discussion by Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 52, for assignment to Chirixalus. Karsen, Lau, and Bogadek, 1986, Hong Kong Amph. Rept.: 32, provided a brief account. Thought to possibly be a member of Kurixalus according to Wilkinson, Win, Thin, Lwin, Shein, and Tun, 2003, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 54: 17–23. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Chirixalus romeri) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 516. Mo, Zhou, Xie, and Chen, 2007, Herpetol. Sinica, 11: 15–18, reported the species in Guangxi, China, far from the Hong Kong population. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 2: 703–705, provided an account (as Aquixalus romeri) for China and spot map. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 425–383, provided a brief account (as Aquixalus romeri) including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 514–515, provided an account (as Aquixalus idiootocus), photographs, and a range map for China.

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