Glyphoglossus molossus Günther, 1869

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Microhylinae > Genus: Glyphoglossus > Species: Glyphoglossus molossus

Glyphoglossus molossus Günther, 1869 "1868", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1868: 483. Holotype: BMNH, by original designation; given as BMNH by Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 73. Type locality: "Pegu" (= Bago), Myanmar; expanded to "Eastern Pegu .... within the tidal portion of the Irrawaddy Delta . . . [in] a hole that happened to be near the spot" by Mason, 1884, Burma, 1: 292.

English Names

Balloon Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 89).

Blunt-headed Burrowing Frog (Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 155).

Truncate-snouted Burrowing Frog (Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 96).

Broad-lipped Frog (Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 43).


North-central Myanmar through most of mainland Thailand through Laos to southern Vietnam (southern Gia Lai Province to Mekong River), 200-600 m elevation.


See Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 493-495, and Taylor, 1962, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 43: 576-578, for accounts. Orlov, Murphy, Ananjeva, Ryabov, and Ho, 2002, Russ. J. Herpetol., 9: 98, provided a statement of range for Vietnam. Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 155, provided a brief characterization and photograph. Stuart, 1999, in Duckworth et al. (eds.), Wildlife in Lao PDR: 49, reported the species in Laos. Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 96-97, provided a very brief account, map for Thailand, and photograph. Teynié, David, Ohler, and Luanglath, 2004, Hamadryad, 29: 35, commented on its distribution in Laos. Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 43, provided specific localities for Vietnam. Pauwels, 2006, Herpetol. Rev., 37: 237-238, provided a record for Phetchaburi Province, Thailand, and discussed the range. Altig and Rowley, 2014, Zootaxa, 3811: 381–386, reported on larval morphology.  See account, photograph, and map for Vietnam in Vassilieva, Galoyan, Poyarkov, and Geissler, 2016, Photograph. Field Guide Amph. Rept. Lowland S. Vietnam: 63–65. 

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