Microhyla okinavensis Stejneger, 1901

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

Microhyla okinavensis Stejneger, 1901, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 14: 189. Holotype: USNM 36553 (formerly Sci. Coll. Mus. Tokyo 25a) according to Cochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 68. Type locality: "Okinawa Shima, Riu Kiu Archipelago", Japan.

Microhyla undulata Brown, 1902, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 54: 186. Syntypes: Wistar Inst. Of Anatomy and Biology, Philadelphia 5726-28 (current status of these specimens unknown—DRF), and USNM 75081 (formerly WIM 5728B) according to Cochran, 1961, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 220: 68. Type locality: ambiguously rendered in the original publication; either "Borneo" or "Loo Choo Islands". Given as "Loo Choo Islands" by Stejneger, 1907, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 58: 89. Synonymy by Stejneger, 1907, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 58: 89.

Microhyla (Diplopelma) okinavensisDubois, 1987, Alytes, 6: 4.

English Names

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


Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan.


Removed from the synonymy of Microhyla ornata by Dubois, 1987, Alytes, 6: 4, where it had been placed by Okada, 1931, Tailless Batr. Japan. Empire: 71, and Inger, 1947, Fieldiana, Zool., 32: 324. Matsui, Ito, Shimada, Ota, Saidapur, Khonsue, Tanaka-Ueno, and Wu, 2005, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 22: 489-495, confirmed through analysis of mtDNA sequences the distinctiveness of this taxon from Microhyla ornata and Microhyla fissipes (its sister species). Goris and Maeda, 2004, Guide Amph. Rept. Japan: 127-129, provided an account, as Microhyla ornata, for Japan, map, and photograph. Maeda and Matsui, 1990, Frogs Toads Japan, Ed. 2: 174-177, provided an account (as Microhyla ornata) for Japan. Kuramoto and Joshy, 2006, Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 25: 15-27, compared the morphology and calls of this species with Microhyla ornata and Microhyla okinavensis.

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