Microhyla butleri Boulenger, 1900

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Microhylinae > Genus: Microhyla > Species: Microhyla butleri

Microhyla Butleri Boulenger, 1900, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 6: 188. Holotype: Selangor Mus. (now MNM), according to original publication; BMNH 1901.3.20.5, according to Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 132. Type locality: "Larut Hills at 4,000 feet", Perak, Malaya (Malaysia). Given in error by Gee and Boring, 1929, Peking Nat. Hist. Bull., 4: 26, as "Tonkin", Vietnam.

Microhyla boulengeri Vogt, 1913, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1913: 222. Syntypes: ZMB 23334 (2 specimens) according to Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 132, and Bauer, Günther, and Robeck, 1996, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 72: 265, although the original publication only mentions one specimen. Type locality: "Hainan", China. Tentative synonymy by Parker, 1928, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 2: 484.

Microhyla latastii Boulenger, 1920, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 9, 6: 107. Syntypes: BMNH 1920.1.20.4054a (2 specimens), according to Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 132. Type locality: "Saigon, Cochin China [= Vietnam]". Synonymy by Smith, 1922, J. Nat. Hist. Soc. Siam, 4: 214; Parker, 1928, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 2: 484.

Microhyla grahami Stejneger, 1924, Occas. Pap. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist., 5: 119. Holotype: USNM 65936, by original designation. Type locality: "Suifu [= Yibin Shi], Province of Szechwan [= Sichuan Province], China". Synonymy by Parker, 1928, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 2: 484.

Microhyla sowerbyi Stejneger, 1924, Occas. Pap. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist., 5: 119. Holotype: USNM 65309, by original designation. Type locality: "Near Yen-ping-fu [=Nanping Shi], Province of Fukien [=Fujian], China". Tentative synonymy by Parker, 1928, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 2: 484; this synonymy confirmed by Pope, 1931, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 61: 593.

Microhyla cantonensis Chen, 1929, China J. Sci. Arts, Shanghai, 10: 338. Holotype: Zool. Laboratory of Sun Yat-sen Univ. 1201, by original designation; status of this specimen currently not known (DRF). Type locality: "in a pond in the northern part about one mile from [north of] Cantoncity [=Guangzhou Shi]", Guangdong, China. Provisional synonymy by Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 514; Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 162.

Microhyla (Microhyla) butleriDubois, 1987, Alytes, 6: 3.

English Names

Butler's Rice Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 90).

Butler's Ricefrog (Lue, Tu, and Hsiang, 1999, Atlas Taiwan Amph. Rept.: 56).

Butler's Narrow-mouthed Toad (Lue, Tu, and Hsiang, 1999, Atlas Taiwan Amph. Rept.: 56; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 53).

Butler's Pigmy Frog (Karsen, Lau, and Bogadek, 1986, Hong Kong Amph. Rept.: 35).

Painted Chorus Frog (Lim and Lim, 1992, Guide Amph. Rept. Singapore: 42).

Tubercled Pygmy Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 290).

Noisy Frog (Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 102).

Distribution

Southern China from Yunnan and eastern Sichuan to Zhejiang (including Hainan and Taiwan); northeastern India (see comment); Myanmar; Vietnam; Thailand; Malay Peninsula and Singapore.

Comment

Subgenus Microhyla, Microhyla berdmorei group. See Chang, 1947, Trans. Chinese Assoc. Adv. Sci., 9: 97, and Berry, 1975, Amph. Fauna Peninsular Malaysia: 120-121. See accounts by Liu, 1950, Fieldiana, Zool. Mem., 2: 252-253; Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 515-516; Taylor, 1962, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 43: 557-559; Yang, 1991, Amph. Fauna of Yunnan: 236-237; Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 341; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 290-291. Lim and Lim, 1992, Guide Amph. Rept. Singapore: 42, and Karsen, Lau, and Bogadek, 1986, Hong Kong Amph. Rept.: 35, provided brief accounts. Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 220, provided a brief account and illustration. See brief account and photo by Manthey and Grossmann, 1997, Amph. Rept. Südostasiens: 62. Huang, 1990, Fauna Zhejiang, Amph. Rept.: 89-90, provided an account for Zhejiang populations. Zhang and Wen, 2000, Amph. Guangxi: 143, provided an account for Guangxi. See also brief account by Zhao and Yang, 1997, Amph. Rept. Hengduan Mountains Region: 137-138. Reported for southwestern Cambodia by Ohler, Swan, and Daltry, 2002, Raffles Bull. Zool., 50: 465-481. Stuart, 1999, in Duckworth et al. (eds.), Wildlife in Lao PDR: 49, commented on the range in Laos. Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 102-103, provided a very brief account, map for Thailand, and photograph. Teynié, David, Ohler, and Luanglath, 2004, Hamadryad, 29: 36, commented on its distribution in Laos. Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 44, provided specific localities for Vietnam. Stuart, 2005, Herpetol. Rev., 36: 476, provided specific localities for Laos. Lue, Tu, and Hsiang, 1999, Atlas Taiwan Amph. Rept.: 56-57, provided a brief account for Taiwan. Lalremsanga, Sailo, and Hooroo, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 348-348, provided a record for Mizoram, northeastern India. Yang, 2008, in Yang and Rao (ed.), Amph. Rept. Yunnan: 123-124, provided a brief account for Yunnan, China. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 2: 884-890, provided an account, spot map for China, and assigned this species to their Microhyla butleri group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 480-481, provided a brief account for China including photographs of specimens and habitat. Shi, 2011, Amph. Rept. Fauna Hainan: 48-49, provided an account for Hainan. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 566, provided an account, photographs, and a range map for China. Shahriza and Ibrahim, 2014, Check List, 10: 253–259, provided a photograph and brief natural history observations for a population in Kedah, West Malaysia. Manthey and Denzer, 2014, Sauria, Berlin, 36: 3–21, provided some morphology and color notes.  Yong, Song, Lim, Eamsobhana, and Tan, 2016, Biochem. Syst. Ecol., 66: 243–253, reported on a complete mt genome. See account, photograph, and map for Vietnam in Vassilieva, Galoyan, Poyarkov, and Geissler, 2016, Photograph. Field Guide Amph. Rept. Lowland S. Vietnam: 73–74. Guo, Yang, and Li, 2009, Colored Illust. Amph. Rept. Taiwan: 66–67, provided a brief account, photographs, and map. Shen, 2014, Fauna Hunan, Amph.: 333–336, provided an account for Hunan, China. Li, 2011, Amph. Rept. Guangdong: 72, provided a brief account for Guangdong, China, and photograph. Zhang, 2017, Amph. Rept. Fanjing Mts.: 177–179, provided taxonomic and natural history information for the Fanjing Mountains population in northeastern Guizhou, China. Garg, Suyesh, Das, Jiang, Wijayathilaka, Amarasinghe, Alhadi, Vineeth, Aravind, Senevirathne, Meegaskumbura, and Biju, 2018 "2019", Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 69: 1–71, noted that the record from Mizoram, northeastern India, likely corresponds to either Microhyla berdmorei or an unnamed species allied with that form. 

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